When inaugurated in 1920, Råsunda Filmstaden was the world’s most modern movie factory. It had workshops, dressing rooms, office space, a film laboratory, film storage, a directors’ pavilion, a restaurant – and most importantly – two large soundstages. This is where legendary director Ingmar Bergman used to work, and where actresses Ingrid Bergman and Greta Garbo made their debut.
Even though movies are no longer made here, the walls are still steeped in cinematic history.
In total, 30 of Ingmar Bergman's movies were filmed here, including his award-winning movie debut Torment (1944). You can still see the grove behind Backstugan where Monika ran with the stolen roast in Summer With Monika (1953), and the site of the witch-burning in The Seventh Seal (1957).
Greta Garbo's debut movie, The Saga of Gösta Berling (1924), was filmed at several locations around the Stockholm area, including at Filmstaden. The movie was a hit in Germany and led to Hollywood contracts for both director Mauritz Stiller and Greta Garbo. Many actors did not successfully transition to sound films, but with her sensual voice and intriguing accent, she gained even more popularity.
Today, Filmstaden is an obvious destination for film buffs and movie-lovers. Guided tours, audio guides, and a café await visitors, as well as a modern multi-screen cinema.