Stieg Larsson - The Man Who Played With Fire
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Many know Stieg Larsson as the author of the best-selling "Millennium" trilogy; many more, however, are unaware of his brave life’s work as an investigative journalist tracking the rise of European right-wing nationalism. (In fact, Larsson considered his fiction a mere hobby - although it’s very interesting to reconsider The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its follow-ups in light of what we see here.) Henrik Georgsson’s urgent and very well-informed documentary portrait focuses on Larsson’s journalism and its impact, showing how his groundbreaking exposés of right-wing extremists and their financial supporters predicted the situation we find ourselves in now.
Larsson died of a heart attack at age 50 in 2004, and, here, he is portrayed as a resolute crusader who never hesitated to put himself in harm’s way if it meant getting closer to the truth. Georgsson, a director of the excellent series The Bridge, amasses a wealth of archival footage, dramatic recreations, and contemporary interviews with fellow journalists (many of whom, still being under threat, speaking anonymously) to produce this powerful - and very timely - depiction of a man driven to protect democracy.