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|Born||(1919-12-02)2 December 1919
|Died||28 June 1995(1995-06-28) (aged 75)|
( m. 1956–1965)
Born in Uppsala, the early films of Mattsson were mostly comedies. His biggest success was Hon dansade en sommar (1951, aka. One Summer of Happiness), which earned him the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and a nomination for the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1952. It caused some controversy at the time because it contained nudity.
His 1953 film of Peder Sjögren's second novel, Bread of Love (Kärlekens bröd), based on Sjögren's experiences as a volunteer in the Finnish Continuation War of 1941–44 angered the author, was banned in Finland and incurred the wrath of the Soviets at the Cannes Film Festival. In spite of all this, Sjögren grudgingly admitted that as a study of men under severe pressure it was impressive.
In 1958 he directed Damen i svart, the first in the series of five Hillman-thrillers, centred on Folke Mellvig's crime-solving middle-class city couple Kajsa and John Hillman. The second in the series, Mannekäng i rött (1958), is considered by some to be a precursor of the Italian giallo films, notably Mario Bava's Blood and Black Lace.
The popularity of his mystery movies declined and in the 1970s and 1980s he made mostly low-budget thrillers – some in collaboration with Mats Helge Olsson – which got mostly bad reviews.
- I brist på bevis (1943, writer)
- Räkna de lyckliga stunderna blott (1944, writer and assistant director)
- ... och alla dessa kvinnor (1944)
- I som här inträden (1945)
- Maria på Kvarngården (1945)
- Rötägg (1946)
- Peggy på vift (1946)
- Pappa sökes (1947)
- Det kom en gäst (1947, also writer)
- Rallare (1947)
- Kvinna i vitt (1949)
- Farlig vår (1949, also writer)
- När kärleken kom till byn (1950)
- Kyssen på kryssen (1950)
- Kastrullresan (1950)
- Hon dansade en sommar (1951, known as One Summer of Happiness)
- Bärande hav (1951)
- För min heta ungdoms skull (1952)
- Hård klang (1952)
- Det var dans bort i vägen (1953, short film)
- Kärlekens bröd (1953, known as Bread of Love)
- Salka Valka (1954)
- Storm över Tjurö (1954)
- Förtrollad vandring (1954)
- Hemsöborna (1955)
- Nattens väv (1955, also known as Männen i mörker)
- Flickan i frack (1956)
- Litet bo (1956)
- Livets vår (1957)
- Ingen morgondag (1957)
- Körkarlen (1958, known as The Phantom Carriage)
- Damen i svart (1958)
- Mannekäng i rött (1958)
- Ryttare i blått (1959)
- Får jag låna din fru? (1959)
- Sommar och syndare (1960)
- When Darkness Falls (1960)
- Ljuvlig är sommarnatten (1961)
- Vaxdockan (1962)
- Biljett till paradiset (1962)
- Vita frun (1962)
- Den gula bilen (1963)
- Det är hos mig han har varit (1963)
- Blåjackor (1964, also writer)
- Brott och straff – men det är svårt (1964, also writer)
- Morianerna (1965, also writer)
- Nattmara (1965, also writer)
- Här kommer bärsärkarna (1965)
- Yngsjömordet (1966)
- Mördaren – En helt vanlig person (1967, also writer)
- Förtrollad resa (1966, also writer)
- Den onda cirkeln (1966)
- Bamse (1968, also writer)
- Ann and Eve (1970)
- Smutsiga fingrar (1973)
- Mannen i skuggan (1978, also writer)
- Sometime, Somewhere... (1983)
- Mask of Murder (1985)
- The Girl (1987)
- Sleep Well, My Love (1987) (aka Destroying Angel)
- The Mad Bunch (1989, with Mats Helge Olsson)
- 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. 111. ISBN 978-0-313-30377-7. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
- "2nd Berlin International Film Festival: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
- "Festival de Cannes: One Summer of Happiness". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
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- Andersson, Pidde (October 2, 2006). Blue Swede Shock! The History of Swedish Horror Films. The TOPPRAFFEL! Library. ISBN 1-4452-4304-0.
- Alanen, Antti. "Mannekäng i rött / Mannequin in Red (SFI 2000 restoration)". Retrieved September 3, 2014.
The director, Arne Mattson is mentioned in chapter 29 of the police procedural novel, The Laughing Policeman, by Major Sjowall and Per Wahloo
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