1981
Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2042-7891
  • E-ISSN: 2042-7905

Abstract

Swedish filmmaker Jan Halldoff’s fiction film () premiered in 1968 to a mainly positive Swedish reception. Shot at Karolinska Hospital and criticizing the Swedish healthcare system, the film became much debated and can furthermore be seen as a turning point in Swedish film history regarding the portrayal of medical institutions and professionals. In this article, the film and its reception are analysed in relation to the Swedish debate on abortion at the time. While the film is clearly critical of Swedish welfare society, the way it depicts abortion is more conservative. Highlighting this as well as the role of actual medical professionals in the film, the article demonstrates how the film relates to representations of abortion in the past and discusses connections between the film industry and medicine at this historical moment.

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This study was supported by the:
  • The Swedish Research Council (Award 446–2014–1749)
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