Synnöve Solbakken

Synnöve Solbakken
Eide och Hanson i Synnöve Solbakken 1919.jpg
Egil Eide as Sæmund and Lars Hanson as Thorbjörn
Directed by John W. Brunius
Written by John W. Brunius, Sam Ask
Based on Synnøve Solbakken
by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
Cinematography Hugo Edlund, Arthur Thorell
Filmindustri AB Skandia
Release date
  • 20 October 1919 (1919-10-20) (Kinoen Metropol, Helsingborg, Sweden)
Country Sweden

Synnöve Solbakken is a Swedish silent film from 1919 directed by John W. Brunius.[1][2] The screenplay was written by Brunius and Sam Ask. It is based on Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson's 1857 novel Synnøve Solbakken. The novel was adapted for film two additional times in Sweden (in 1934 and 1957).[3]


The film was shot in the summer of 1919 at the Skandiaateljén studio in the Långängen neighborhood of Stocksund, Sweden and in Sel in Norway's Gudbrand Valley.[3]


Thorbjörn and Synnöve fall in love with each other as children. He is rumored to be a fighter, and her parents consider him unfit for her. They do not meet for several years, and in the meantime Synnöve rejects many suitors. After Thorbjörn is stabbed with a knife, Synnöve's parents realize that he is not so violent after all, and they accept his proposal.


  • Karin Molander: Synnöve Solbakken
  • Lars Hanson: Thorbjörn Granliden
  • Egil Eide: Sæmund Granlien, Thorbjörn's father
  • Hjalmar Peters: Guttorm Solbakken, Synnöve's father
  • Svea Peters: Ingebjörg Granlien, Thorbjörn's mother
  • Ingrid Sandahl: Karen Solbakken, Synnöve's mother
  • Einar Rødd: Aslak, a farmhand at the Granliden farm
  • Ellen Dall: Ingrid Granlien, Thorbjörn's sister


  1. ^ Hjort, Mette; Lindqvist, Ursula (2016). A Companion to Nordic Cinema. New York: John Wiley & Sons. p. 290.
  2. ^ Segerberg, Ebba Filippa (1999). Nostalgia, Narrative, and Modernity in Swedish Silent Cinema (Dissertation). Berkeley, CA: University of California, Berkeley. p. 8.
  3. ^ a b "Synnøve Solbakken (1919)". Svensk filmfatabas. Retrieved May 19, 2020.

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