Erland Josephson was born 15 June 1923 in Stockholm, Swedeb. The Josephson family includes several cultural figures who have long been central players in Swedish artistic life. Erland’s great-grandfather’s brother was the director, theatre head, and playwright Ludvig Josephson (1832–99), who staged Strindberg’s Master Olof (1881) and Lucky Per’s Journey (1893). His brother Jacob Axel (1818–60) was a composer and his nephew Ernst (1851–1906) was a painter. Erland’s uncle Ragnar (1891–1966) was an art historian, playwright and head of the Royal Dramatic Theatre 1948–51, a position which Erland himself would hold 15 years later.
Erland Josephson met Ingmar Bergman for the first time when he was 16 and Bergman was 21. Bergman, who directed Josephson as a novice in The Merchant of Venice at Norra Latin, made a strong impression on him:
“I was impressed, enthusiastic and tormented. This was a talented man. Moreover, he had a mistress. She swept into Norra Latin with a fur… read more