Gustaf Molander
Gustaf Harald August Molander (18 November 1888 – 19 June 1973) was a Swedish
Sweden , officially the Kingdom of Sweden , is a Nordic country on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe. Sweden borders with Norway and Finland and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund....

 actor and film director. His parents were the director Harald Molander, Sr. (1858–1900) and the singer and actress Lydia Molander, née Wessler, and his brother was the director Olof Molander
Olof Molander
Olof Molander was a great and influential Swedish theatre- and film director, most notable for his many Strindberg and Shakespeare productions....

 (1892–1966). He was the father of director and producer Harald Molander
Harald Molander
Harald Molander was a Swedish film producer. He produced 38 films between 1941 and 1949.He was the son of director Gustaf Molander and actress Karin Molander.-Selected filmography:* Iris and the Lieutenant...

 from his first marriage to actress Karin Molander
Karin Molander
Karin Molander was a Swedish stage and film actress whose career spanned over five decades.-Career:Born Katarina Margareta Elisabet Edwertz in Stockholm, Sweden, she began taking classes from theater actress Julia Håkansson at a young age...

 and father to actor Jan Molander
Jan Molander
Jan Göran Gustaf Harald Molander was a Swedish actor and film director who had a decades-long dominant career in his country's film and television industry....

 from his second marriage to Elsa Fahlberg.

Gustaf Molander was born in Helsinki
Helsinki is the capital and largest city in Finland. It is in the region of Uusimaa, located in southern Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. The population of the city of Helsinki is , making it by far the most populous municipality in Finland. Helsinki is...

 in Finland
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, where his father was working at the Swedish Theatre
Swedish Theatre
The Swedish Theatre is a Swedish-speaking theatre in Helsinki, Finland and is located at the Erottaja square, at the end of Esplanadi . It was the first national stage of Finland.- History :...

. He studied in the school of the Royal Dramatic Theatre
Royal Dramatic Theatre
The Royal Dramatic Theatre is Sweden's national stage for "spoken drama", founded in 1788. Around one thousand shows are put on annually on the theatre's eight running stages....

 in Stockholm
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 1907-1909, acted at the Swedish theatre in Helsinki 1909-1913, and then at the Royal Dramatic Theatre from 1913-1926. The last years there he headed the school; his students included Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo , born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson, was a Swedish film actress. Garbo was an international star and icon during Hollywood's silent and classic periods. Many of Garbo's films were sensational hits, and all but three were profitable...


Molander wrote several screenplays for Victor Sjöström
Victor Sjöström
Victor Sjöström was a Swedish actor, screenwriter, and film director.- Biography:Born in Silbodal, in the Värmland region of Sweden, he was only a year old when his father, Olof Adolf Sjöström, moved the family to Brooklyn, New York. His mother died when he was seven years old in 1886...

 and Mauritz Stiller
Mauritz Stiller
Mauritz Stiller was a Finnish-Swedish actor, screenwriter and silent film director, who was mostly active in Sweden.-Life:...

, and was helped by the latter to get employment as a director for Svensk Filmindustri, where he worked 1923-1956. All in all, he directed sixty-two films. He often worked with Gösta Ekman
Gösta Ekman (senior)
Gösta Ekman, Sr. , born Frans Gösta Viktor Ekman, was a Swedish actor. Generally spoken of as Swedish theatre's most legendary stage actor, Gösta Ekman enjoyed a prolific stage career during his short life, becoming the first real star of Swedish theatre...

, and his films include Intermezzo
Intermezzo (1936 film)
Intermezzo is a 1936 Swedish drama film directed by Gustaf Molander about a concerto violinist falling in love with his daughter's piano teacher. The cast includes Gösta Ekman and Ingrid Bergman in the leads. This film led to Bergman gaining her contract with David O...

(1936), which became Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, and the Tony Award for Best Actress. She is ranked as the fourth greatest female star of American cinema of all time by the American Film Institute...

's breakthrough and paved her way to America, where she starred in the 1939 Hollywood remake
Intermezzo (1939 film)
Intermezzo is a romantic film made in the USA by Selznick International Pictures. It was directed by Gregory Ratoff and produced by David O. Selznick. It is a remake of the Swedish film Intermezzo . The screenplay by George O'Neil was based on the screenplay of the original film by Gösta Stevens...

 of the film.

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