mandag 17. mars 2008

SONJA WIGERT 1913-1980 - Henning Sebastian Jahre`s thoughts of her...

On Thursday, November 20, I discovered this old mail.... do contact me on Facebook as I have been unable to find your e-mail address: ...... Andre Schjaerve 6/9/2008 Hi,
I'd like you to become my Amazon Friend. I was anable to reach you through a blog account. I am a Norwegian American screenwriter and am fascinated with Sonja Wigert. I can't say exactly why here, but my grandfather gave Sonja her film debut "songen om rondane" through his company AS Vikingfilm. I read your blog on Sonja and would like to talk with you. Ha det bra, Andre - Sonja Wigert and Hasse Ekman in OMBYTE AV TÅG 1943(Change of Trains)

Alfred Maurstad and Sonja Wigert in FANT 1937

Sonja Wigert in her last Norwegian film, the excellent comedy Lån meg din kone 1958(Let Me Borrow Your Wife) - one of her best comic efforts.

Sonja Wigert og Anders Henrikson i Hennes lilla majestaet(Her little Majesty)1939

Sonja Wigert 1935.

Vivien Leigh 1913-1967 and Sonja Wigert 1913-1980. They were so much alike and both suffered tremendously in their lives.... They both were courageous and both have a legacy as stars and women that will never be forgotten....

Who I C? Per Aabel 1923... before he became Norway`s most prominert actor in the 20th century, he was a ballet dancer. He starred with Sonja in the film Kjærlighet og vennskap(Love and Friendship)


SONJA WIGERT won a (who DIDN`t in the 30`s??? hehe) talentcontest on the subject of "Who is Norway`s Greta Garbo" and landed a role in the film Sangen on Rondane(The Song of Rondane). It led to a contract with The National Theatre and in 1937 she starred in the movie version of Oscar Braaten`s Bra mennesker(Nice people) and Tancred Ibsen`s Fant(The Tramp) with Alfred Maurstad. Ibsen was both grandchild of Henrik Ibsen AND Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson and was called "The Double Grandchild" hehe.

In Fant she played Josefa and her stunning acting abileties and presence made her the only one that came close to a being moviestar in Norway. The following year she starred in Leif Sinding`s version of Gabriel Scott`s Eli Sjursdotter(Eli Sjursdaughter) and Sweden beckoned....

From 1939 to 1955 she starred in over 20 Swedish films and she came back only for a few filmappearances; like Kjærlighet og vennskap(Love and Friendship)1941 with Per Aabel and the mysterious Den hemmelighetsfulle leiligheten(Mystic Apartment)1948.

Her appearance and way of playing is reminiscent of Vivien Leigh(both were born in November 1913) and they both had their greatest theatrical success as Blanche Dubois in Tennessee Williams`s A Streetcar Named Desire(Sonja at the Trøndelag Theatre).

They also both starred as Camille - none too successfully - and Sonja did the mistake of having feathers glued under her armpits so she wouldn`t prespire; in a loving gesture to Armand she embraced him passionately and feathers flew all over the stage hehehe..

She had a younger brother Knut and she introduced him to the theatrical world in the 30s and he became a better known figure as an actor than her over the years...

The reason is that she filmed in Sweden for so many years (Denmark 1947) and the fact that she became a notoriuous character....

She was a doubleagent (if on our side mind you)during the 2. World War and her extraordinary efforts were never fully cleared when the Nazi regime planted stories about her in 1943. Efforts were made to clear her, but in the year of 2005; Saepo - a Swedish Secret Police; finally disclosed the fact and a book will be in print in a short while, finally clearing Sonja Wigert..

However; she became - to many - a persona non grata and became a recluse and a alcoholic living her final years in Spain. She was married twice(as far as I know); 1939-1941 to editor Torsten Floden and 1945 to Captain Niels de Meza Von Holstein-Rathlou until he died in a planecrash.

When her brother Knut wrote his autobiography; he made terrible errors in his writing of her; such as "she died in 1976"(she died in 1980) and that she starred in Tancred Ibsen`s classic film "Gjest Baardsen" 1939(she never did, Vibeke Falk was the heroine). He only wrote of her passion for high living and that her father had trouble when she as a young girl went all over town, buying everything with credit... He saved his daughter`s reputation by paying for everything, but Knut`s recollections of her never touches her story during the war(he himself did great as well) and it is a shame and tragedy that he never stood up for her..

I did a phonecall to Vigdis Røysing in 1993. She starred with Sonja in her last Norwegian film, the excellent comedy Lån meg din kone 1958(Let me borrow your wife) and she spoke of a nice lady, who for some reason owned a gas station in Sweden

I hope this story and the books and articles finally will clear Sonja Wigert and that she will have the peace she so rightfully deserves:-)

søndag 16. mars 2008


King Kong with Henning Sebastian Jahre - yup he`s the one you should call for in case of an emergency hehe(C)(P)121208. All Rights Reserved. Thanks Jimmy-boy

many pictures from

Fay Wray at the Empire State Building

Naomi Watts(2005), Fay Wray(1933) and Jessica Lange(1976) are the heroines of the three Hollywood films concerning King Kong...

Fay Way 1907-2004

At the 1998 Academy Awards with Billy Crystal introducing Matt Damon & Ben Affleck.

5 of 16 people found the following review helpful:
What?????, February 16, 2006
Henning Sebastian Jahre "Judy-Viv"

What a lovely 90 minute film that lies within these 187 minutes...... To me the 2005 film only works when it sticks close to the original of 1933. The cast is great though, but sadly Kong is just one of many monsters on the island and the most exciting scene is the escape from frightened dinosaurs.... The excape from the insects were cut in 1933 because it took attention from Kong. Why didn`t they learn??? In 1976 Kong is a great beast with almost human qualities - sort of a missing link. Here he is back being a gorilla of oversize and it is a puzzle why Ann is not killed by his rough treatment of her early on. The Jimmy-Hayes relationship goes nowhere and they could easily have been omitted. The 1976 film has great locations, while this is a blue-screen effort and u see it much too often. I mean several cliffs and stones in the shape of a gorilla? It's enough with Skull island... Ann`s vaudeville tricks and their Bambi-moment in New York is BAAAAAAAAAAD... The New York sequences should have been better, but the Empire State Buidling-scene survives... The sacrifising of Ann is both good in 33 and 76, here - it's dramatic, but the first sight of Kong is just shadow.......And magical moments are far between because Jackson doesn`t dare to slow down... In the 1976 film we get to love Kong.... Here... well we don`t.... It`s a great actioner, but I wish Jackson could have relaxed a bit.... It's funny the way Denham refers to Fay Wray early on("but she`s shooting over at RKO") Many people feel Kong is a racist. But that`s insane... Of course he warms up to a whiteperson - she`s a novelty - a new thing to him..... He is just curious and collects her as a prized possession. But it is an OK contribution to the myth of Kong. It's NOT the best Kong, but it's OK in a trilogy of the giant....

King Kong

THE BEST, Aug 11 2001 KING KONG! Just taste that name. It s t i l l is a household name. I`m gonna be brief: 2 think that it is made 5 years after Hollywood was transformed 2 sound is amazing. The camera moves, the sound is good(as are the soundeffects), the music, the story and most of the actors are all good. The production values? Stunning. Compare it with CLASH OF THE TITANS from 1981 if u don`t believe me. Fay Wray i s a good screamer but not that much as an actress. After numerous videotapes I now own it on DVD. Of course it is great but it DOESN`t include the "making of". Hmmm. Last friday I watched JURASSIC PARK III and went straight home and saw KONG. Well. Hello? In 1933 they at least had something called WRITERS and story developers. A job that may be overlooked by Hollywood these days. KING KONG? A forever treat though his first appearances is difficult to frighten of these days. PLEASE REMAKE IT a`la Gus Van Sant`s "PSYCHO". I`ve heard a remake is on the way for years. Truth in that?

King Kong

JESSICA LANGE `S DEBUT - MMMMM, Jun 19 2000 This was the first film of KING KONG that I saw. I immediatly fell in love with it. Over the years I have been infuritated by critics who doesn`t seem to dare liking this film. They always compare it unfavourbly to the -33 classic. Right. It doesn`t have the thrills and excitement of the original. BUT. This is a low key fable. A telling of the Beauty and the Beast... A lovely score by John Barry, great photography and the debut of the greatest actress in American movies of the 80s: JESSICA LANGE. She demonstrated further abileties in FRANCES, THE COUNTRY, THE MUSIC BOX, TOOTSIE(Oscar Best Supporting Actress) and BLUE SKY(Oscar Best Actress). I really do hope that the 1976 version of KING KONG will find peace with some critics and I`m delighted that so many others here like it


10 of 16 people found the following review helpful:
Henning Sebastian Jahre "Judy-Viv"I must say that after reading countless articles about what FLOP this film was in the 70s, I must came to rescue...
I saw the film at the theatrical release and IT WAS huge crowd to see it. Never mind what Peter Jackson experienced in New Zealand. It`s sad - but at the moment it is popular to give it the trash-treatment...
What is is.... it is a beautiful, strange, telling fable about love between a beauty and a beast. It`s that simple. It stands firmly on it`s own feet and while I love the 33 classic and espcially the color version which I bought yersterday, this is a more quiet, sober chapter to the myth of Kong.
I love this dvd and Peter Jackson SHOULD have learned something from the 33 and the 76-films... He found it necessary to OPEN the film(he tries to stick to the 33 version), but only succeeds when he is reworking the classic. It`s overlong and it takes tooo long to get to Skull Island.... he even tortures us with characters that are NOT essential to the plot(Jimmy and his friend)...
KING KONG 1976 have beutiful locations from Hawaii, while the 2005 film remains a computer game - too often we laughed at the blue screen and special effects - I MEAN C`MON....... THIS IS 2005!!!!!!!!! Movie kingdom has indeed come to an end if one is to film an entire film like KONG with blue screen(watch the making of th 2005 film)...
The 1976 film has a BEAUTIFUL SCORE and BEAUTIFUL locations and I don`t care if Rick Baker wore an apesuite.... HE`S SPLENDID IN THE JOB.... As far as I rememember the 2005 Kong also covered a certain actor?
Jessica Lange is as good as it gets and I MUST SAY; many viewers agree with me that the 1976 is an IMPORTANT tribute to the Kong myth. Unlike the 33 and 76 version, Jackson made Kong as just another monster on the island and the New York sequences(only the Empire State Building sequence survives)are boring.... Another letdown is when Ann entertains Kong with vaudeville tricks and they have a Bambi-moment on ice in New York....
Nope... Ignore articles about what flop this film was - and experience a great film with great performances and with the KING KONG of 1933 - the best film ABOUT KONG:-)