We had a great turn out last week for the first feature in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2009), and it was even more fun sharing it with TNT Entertainment reporter, Craig Sailor. He told me that our article on the film club will appear in mid to late December. Rainy November continues, and what is more fun on a rainy night than to go to a movie? This Friday, November 12, 2010, the Tacoma Film Club is proud to present the second film in the trilogy, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE (2009).
The film was directed in Sweden by Daniel Alfredson, and he, like the director of the first film in the series–Neils Arden Opley, is best known as a television director; most of his 17 film projects have been for Scandinavian television. He also directed the third installment of the series, THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST (2010), which is now playing here in Tacoma at the Grand Theater–and he is a regular contributing director on the TV series MILLENNIUM.
The role of Ronald Niederman is played by Micke Spreitz. Spreitz got the part after that the filmmakers original choice Dolph Lundgren turned the role down. If Lundgren had taken the part it would have been his first role in his native Sweden. In the early scene where the editors are meeting in the Millennium office, there’s a pile of magazines. Prominently displayed is a copy of EXPO, the anti-fascist magazine Stieg Larsson helped found in 1995. Of the three books and films in the Millennium Trilogy, this is the only one whose title is the same in English and Swedish. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was originally titled Men Who Hate Women, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest was originally titled The Air Castle that Exploded.
THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE (2009)
Directed by Daniel Alfredson @ 129 minutes.
In Swedish with English subtitles.
The film stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre, Peter Andersson, Annika Hallin, Micke Spreitz and Per Oscarsson.
Synopsis: Computer hacker heroine, Lizbeth, and journalist, Mikael, investigate a sex-trafficking ring when Lizbeth is accused of three murders and has to go on the run, working underground, while Mikael struggles to clear her name, and the horrors of her past return to harm her.
Roger Ebert wrote: Lizbeth and Mikael are still quirky individuals who make up their detective work as they go–making it hard to predict the story arc.
Andrew O-Hehir of SALON.COM wrote: ”…in the meantime we’ve got Alfredson and Frykberg’s lean, mean and workmanlike adaptation, with Spanish-Swedish bombshell Noomi Rapace as ass-kicking, Web-hacking Lisbeth and Michael Nyqvist, who is something like the Scandinavian world’s answer to George Clooney, playing the phlegmatic Blomkvist. They make an appealing yin and yang, around which Larsson’s murky, conspiratorial plot whirls.”
The buzz in Hollywood is that an American version of this runaway set of hits will be directed by David Fincher, and will star Daniel Craig as Blomkvist, and Carey Mulligan as Lisbeth; and some are saying that Kristen Stewart might also be interested in the part.
Amy Biancolli of the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE wrote: “Alfredson directs with a perceptive eye and a roving camera, using oblique angles for a script that unfolds with programmatic efficiency. The stars help. Nyqvist’s face is soft and bemused; Rapace’s angular and ironclad from pain.”
So be sure to join us this Friday, November 12, 2010 for the TFC screening of THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE (2009), at the Club meeting hall located at 924 Broadway, in the Pythian Temple, at street level, across the street from the Theater on the Square, in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District. For those of you who are continuing to enjoy a meal and warm fellowship, and for those of you who would like to partake of both, come early, around 6:00 pm. The meal will be ready to share about 6:15 pm. The Phantom Director and Farishta always provide a scrumptious and nutritious re-paste for us. Please bring wine, soft drinks, bread, cheese, or desserts to augment the entrée if you would like to do so. We will have the Club Raffle at one dollar per ticket, with the winners first getting 40% of the collected revenue in cash, or a terrific DVD from my personal collection. Our recent acquisition of two dozen padded chairs make the viewing much more comfortable. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE will screen around 7:15 pm, and it runs 2 hours and 9 minutes, so we should be finished by 9:30 pm.
See you at the movies!