Review of Jazzgossen (1958)

Moving picture, 104 minutes

Seen in 2017.

Fictionalized Swedish show business history from ca. 1922—when the titular song, “Jazzgossen”, got its Swedish lyrics—until WW2.

Obtuse. The intradiegetic “newsreel” summarizing several years of period history is particularly hard to swallow in a musical comedy, and the drama is weak for Ekman. Karl Gerhard performs several of his own songs, including “Den ökända hästen från Troja” in an extradiegetic scene, standing in front of bright Nazi banners in an otherwise black void, his voice competing with Hitler’s.

moving picture fiction