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Scandinavian Literature

Media Adaptations: Introduction

This section provides a selection of film and television shows that have been adapted from Scandinavian literature. Select the individual tabs in the left sidebar to explore the UCLA Library's media holdings by country. For more information on film studies for Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, see the European Film Research Guide

Selected Images

The Phantom Carriage (1921)

The Phantom Carriage (1921), directed by Victor Sjöström, is based on the Selma Lagerlöf novel Körkarlen (1912).

Image citation: Victor Sjöström. The Phantom Carriage. 1921. Film still. Available from Filmgrab

A Doll's House (1922)

An advertisement for a lost film version of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House (1922). 

Image citation: United Artists. A Doll's House. 1922. Film poster. Exhibitors Herald (February 18, 1922)Available from the Internet Archive


Moomin Toys

Image citation: Tove Jansson (character creation). Helsingin Kaupunginmuseo (photo). Atelier Fauni (manufacturer). Moomin Toys. Circa 1954–1956. Object. Helsinki City MuseumAvailable from

Pippi Longstocking (1958)

Ingebjørg Sem, a Norwegian actress, in character as Pippi Longstocking when was staged at the Edderkoppen Theatre in Oslo, Norway, March 1958.

Image citation: Ragge Strand. Pippi Langstrømpe. 1958. Photograph. The National Archives of Norway, Oslo, Norway. Available from: From FotoWeb

Here Is Your Life (1966)

Eddie Axberg in a scene from the Swedish film Here Is Your Life (1966).

Image citation: Eddie Axberg. 1966. Photograph. IMS Vintage Photos. Available from Wikimedia Commons

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Film still from the American film adaptation of Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which was originally published in 2005.

Image citation: David Fincher. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. 2011. Film still. Available from: Filmgrab