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ABBA: The Movie (1977) Fan Event

Opens on May 12

Director: Lasse Hallström Run Time: 113 min. Rating: G Release Year: 1977

Starring: Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Robert Hughes

Country: Sweden, Australia
Language: English, Swedish

At the Film Center for two nights only, a fan event celebrating 50 years since the Swedish pop sensation was formed and 45 years since the film’s original release. 

In addition to the full-length film, this special event will also include a post-show sing-a-long featuring the official lyric videos for “Chiquitita”, “Waterloo” & “Voulez-Vous.”

About the film:

Captured by director Lasse Hallström during their mega-successful tour of Australia, the newly remastered film will take you on a flashback journey to the 1970s when disco reigned supreme and ABBA were royalty. Including backstage footage as well as full-length performances of some of ABBA’s greatest hits including “Dancing Queen”, “Tiger”, “Name Of The Game” and “Eagle”, the film provides a rare look at the hugely successful band during the height of their popularity.

“Captures the feel of a country in the grip of ABBA-mania… It’s also the next best thing to being there for those who missed them the first time around.”

—Keith Phipps for Rolling Stone

The subplot is a mockumentary-style story of a country radio disc-jockey who attempts to land an interview with the band. As deadlines loom, it is a slapstick mix of happenstance and error by the young DJ who is tasked with getting the coveted interview while ABBA’s dedicated bodyguard does everything he can to stop it from happening.

About the filmmaker:

Academy Award-nominated director Lasse Hallström’s acclaimed feature films include My Life As A Dog (1985)What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993)The Cider House Rules (1999), and Chocolat (2000). Born in 1946, he started making his own 8mm movies as a student, and by the late 1960s, he was crafting short pop clips at Swedish television. In 1975, his music videos for ABBA kick-started a nationwide ABBA fever, and Hallström went on to direct almost every music video until the group’s demise in 1982, including his second cinema release, ABBA – The Movie (1977).

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