Gustaf Molander

Gustaf Harald August Molander (18 November 1888 – 19 June 1973) was a Swedish actor and film director.[1] His parents were director Harald Molander, Sr. (1858–1900) and singer and actress Lydia Molander, née Wessler, and his brother was the director Olof Molander (1892–1966). He was the father of director and producer Harald Molander from his first marriage to actress Karin Molander and father to actor Jan Molander from his second marriage to Elsa Fahlberg (1892–1977).

Gustaf Molander
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Gustaf Molander, 1964.
Gustaf Harald August Molander

(1888-11-18)18 November 1888
Helsinki, Finland
Died19 June 1973(1973-06-19) (aged 84)
Stockholm, Sweden
OccupationDirector, actor, screenwriter
Years active1948–2004
(m. 1910⁠–⁠1918)

Elsa Fahlberg
(m. 1919; his death 1973)
ChildrenHarald Molander
Jan Molander
Parent(s)Harald Molander
Lydia Molander
RelativesOlof Molander (brother)

Gustaf Molander was born in Helsingfors (now Helsinki) in the Grand Duchy of Finland (in the Russian Empire), where his father was working at the Swedish Theatre. He studied in the school of the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm 1907–1909, acted at the Swedish theatre in Helsingfors 1909–1913, and then at the Royal Dramatic Theatre from 1913 to 1926. The last years there he headed the school; his students included Greta Garbo.

Molander wrote several screenplays for Victor Sjöström and Mauritz Stiller, and was helped by the latter to get employment as a director for Svensk Filmindustri, where he worked 1923–1956. All in all, he directed sixty-two films. He often worked with Gösta Ekman, and his films include Intermezzo (1936), which became Ingrid Bergman's breakthrough and paved her way to America, where she starred in the 1939 Hollywood remake of the film.

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  1. ^ Qvist, P.O.; von Bagh, P. (2000). Guide to the Cinema of Sweden and Finland. Reference guides to the world's cinema. Greenwood Press. p. 113. ISBN 978-0-313-30377-7. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  • Forslund, Bengt: "Molander, Gustaf", Svenskt biografiskt lexikon, Vol. 25, pp. 619–622.

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