The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo--Movie Review
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
If you like complicated mysteries and don't mind a couple of graphic, kinky rape scenes you'll like "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" based on the first book of a trilogy by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. I haven't read Larsson's book but I'm told that the movie follows its main and sub-plots faithfully. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Lisbeth Salander, played by Noomi Rapace, is an improbable character--a 24-year-old skilled computer hacker, investigator, practitioner of martial arts, motorcycle rider, rebel who helps middle aged reporter, Mikael Blomqvist, solve a 40-year mysterious disappearance of a retired Swedish industrialist Henrik Vanger's favorite niece. She also helps Blomqvist turn the tables on another industrialist who set him up for a libel conviction which got him a jail term. She has been likened to Pippi Longstocking.
Henrik Vanger, played convincingly by Sven-Bertil Taube, is the 80-year-old patriarch of the Vanger family and retired CEO of the Vanger Corporation. Henrik and several other members of the Vanger family live on an island not far from Stockholm. Henrik is a sympathetic character, but his brother and nephew are fans of Hitler. Vanger believes that his favorite niece was murdered by another member of the family although her body was never found. Before she disappeared mysteriously at age 18, Henrik's niece, Harriet Vanger gave him a gift of pressed flowers on his birthday every year. After her disappearance or murder Henrik continued to receive pressed flowers on his birthday every year mailed from various places around the world. Vanger believes the flowers are being sent by Harriet's murderer in order to taunt and torture him. He hires Mikael Blomqvist to unravel the mystery of Harriet's murder or disappearance. Blomqvist convinces the Girl with the Dragon tattoo to help him solve the mystery.
The movie is in Swedish with English subtitles. It broke all attendance records in Sweden and is expected to win prizes at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Who is the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
6-22-11NYTimes--The Girl Who Cast a Viking Spell
- Eva Gabrielssons Memoir of Her Life With Stieg Larsson - NYTimes.com
The longtime companion of Stieg Larsson, the posthumously best-selling author of the Millennium trilogy, has resorted to unusual means to win control of Larssons literary legacy.
Noomi Rapace Wikibio
- Noomi Rapace - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Noomi Rapace (ne Norn, born 28 December, 1979 in Hudiksvall) is a Swedish actress. Her father was Rogelio Durn, a Spanish cantaor (Flamenco singer) from Badajoz; her mother is Nina Norn, a Swedish actress.
Michael Nyqvist Wikibio
- Michael Nyqvist - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Michael Nyqvist (born 1960 in Stockholm) is a Swedish actor. Educated at the School of Drama in Malm, he had his breakthrough as police officer Banck in the first series of Beck movies made in 1997. As a baby, he was adopted from an orphanage.
Sven-Bertil Taube--Henrik Vanger
- Sven-Bertil Taube - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sven-Bertil Taube (born November 24, 1934) is a Swedish singer and actor. He is the son of the songwriter Evert Taube. Taube graduated in 1954 from Cherry Lawn School in Darien, Connecticut.
3-20 NY Times--The Afterlife of Stieg Larsson
- Afterlife of Stieg Larsson
Larsson died in 2004 at age 50 before any of the novels were published and with little clue to just how successful they would be. Like Blomkvist, he was a journalist, well known in certain circles for his campaign against right-wing extremism.
Pippi Longstocking with a Dragon Tattoo, Pat Ryan in the NY Times 5-22-10
- Pippi Longstocking with a Dragon Tattoo
For the bloodline of Lisabeth Salander, Larsson fans need only read the tales of Pippi Longstocking, the fiercely independent and cheerfully kooky 9-year-old who has been a soulmate to generations of children longing to color outside the lines.