The Mozart Brothers

The Mozart Brothers (Swedish: Bröderna Mozart) is a 1986 Swedish comedy film directed by Suzanne Osten. Osten won the award for Best Director at the 22nd Guldbagge Awards.[1][2] The murder of Olof Palme, the Swedish Prime Minister, took place as Palme was walking home from the cinema after watching The Mozart Brothers on 28 February 1986.[3]

The Mozart Brothers
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Directed bySuzanne Osten
Written byEtienne Glaser
Niklas Rådström
Suzanne Osten
Produced byGöran Lindström
StarringEtienne Glaser
CinematographyHans Welin
Music byBjörn J:son Lindh
Release date
  • 21 February 1986 (1986-02-21)
Running time
109 minutes


The film depicts an unconventional opera director, Walter (Etienne Glaser), who is directing a production of Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Stockholm Opera. He attempts to overthrow many of the conventions of opera; he gives certain solo numbers to the opera chorus, he involves the orchestra in the acting, and he wants to fill the stage with damp earth to simulate a graveyard. The singers, the members of the orchestra, and the staff at the opera house are initially very antagonistic to his plans, especially his appeal to their eroticism as individuals. However, they reluctantly agree to do things Walter's way, and gradually come over to his point of view. Throughout the film, Mozart's ghost is glimpsed more and more frequently, at one point seen weeping with joy at the effect his work has had. The film ends with the premiere of the production being a resounding success, and the performers taking the credit for this, with the director largely forgotten.



  1. ^ "Bröderna Mozart (1986)". The Swedish Film Database. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  2. ^ Marklund, Anders (2010). "Distinctive Films in Mainstream Cinema: Suzanne Osten's Bröderna Mozart". In Marklund, Anders; Larsson, Mariah (eds.). Swedish Film: An Introduction and Reader. Nordic Academic Press. pp. 279–283. ISBN 978-91-85509-36-2.
  3. ^ Jan Bondeson (2005). Blood on the Snow. The Killing of Olof Palme. Ithaca; London: Cornell University Press. p. 6. doi:10.7591/9780801470127. ISBN 9780801470127.

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