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The Firebird (1952)

Italian opera singer visits the Royal Opera in Stockholm and falls in love with the prima ballerina.


Hasse Ekman


Hasse Ekman (story), Hasse Ekman (screenplay)




Cast overview:
Ellen Rasch Ellen Rasch ... Linda Corina
Tito Gobbi Tito Gobbi ... Mario Vanni
Eva Henning ... Alice Lund
Bengt Blomgren ... Frank
Georg Rydeberg ... Jascha Sacharowitch
Åke Falck Åke Falck ... Spinky
Märta Arbin ... Frank's Mother
Alan Blair Alan Blair ... Linda's Doctor
Margherita Bossi Margherita Bossi ... Alberta (as Margherita Nicosia)
Märta Dorff ... Seamstress
Gull Natorp ... Tilda


Italian opera singer visits the Royal Opera in Stockholm and falls in love with the prima ballerina.

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Hasse Ekmans stora internationella sång- och dansfilm i färg (Hasse Ekman's big international song and dance film in color)


Drama | Music


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Sweden | Italy


English | Italian

Release Date:

12 August 1952 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Eldfågeln See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Terrafilm, Romana Film See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Gevacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The short ballet film "Meeting with a Stranger" that Mario Vanni watches at the cinema in Italy was shot as a separate short initiated by producer Lorens Marmstedt and directed by Hasse Ekman. Marmstedt liked it so much that he commissioned Ekman to write a story for an international song and dance film, that would include the short and another two ballets, one of which being "The Firebird" by Igor Stravinsky. See more »


Don Giovanni
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Sung by Tito Gobbi
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Forget the plot, enjoy the ballet dancing!
30 October 2001 | by cb-19See all my reviews

This movie focuses around the dancing talent of Swedish ballet dancer Ellen Rasch and the singing talent of Italian baryton Tito Gobbi, two of the greats in their respective fields at the time. The movie does have a plot, centering around the main character Linda (Rasch), and her passion for the art she is practising.

For any fan of ballet dancing, this must be a real treat. Even a less cultured individual such as myself found atleast the first ballet number in the movie to be highly enjoyable. The movie does run a bit long, however, clocking in at just under two hours. The dialogue does at times seem a bit forced, probably due to the fact that the entire dialogue is in English, spoken by (mainly) Swedish actors.

The movie has been digitally restaured by The Swedish Film Institute, which means you get to enjoy the movie in all its original, colorful glory. The colourwork seemed very tasteful, not falling for the temptation of exaggerating the saturation level for effect. However, the sound quality leaves a lot to be desired. Although not intolerable, with technology being what it is today, the quality is surprisingly low.

To sum things up, unless you detest watching movies from the 1950's, I can highly recommend seeing this movie if you enjoy the "fine arts".

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