This marvelous ”Film City” was once one of the most modern film studios in Europe. It was built in 1920 on the basis of designs by Swedish architect Ebbe Crone. It was owned and operated by Svensk Filmindustri Studios, the main Swedish film producer at the time.

Filmstaden was built for Victor Sjöström and Mauritz Stiller, the most famous directors of the Swedish silent era. Here, Greta Garbo made her first major film, The Saga of Gösta Berling, before becoming a Hollywood legend. And it was here that Ingrid Bergman’s career started, with ten films in the 30s before she also left Sweden for Hollywood / Image source

For more than half a century, this was the place where over 400 films were made – many of them belong today to the international film heritage. The first movie to be filmed at Filmstaden was The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen, Fantasy film 1921) by director Victor Sjöström.

Ingmar Bergman made a string of films in the 50s that once again put Swedish film on the map of international cinema. Among these were Summer with Monika, Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries.

Filmstaden exterior shooting 1930 / Image source

In 1969, Svensk Filmindustri left Filmstaden and the studios were used by small film producers. One of the last major films to partly have been filmed at Filmstaden was The Emigrants (Utvandrarna 1971) directed by Jan Troell.

Most of the buildings were quite well preserved until the beginning of the 21st century when Filmstaden had to make way for a housing development.

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