We note, with great sadness, the passing of actor Per Oscarsson who perished along with his wife in a house fire, on or about New Year’s Eve.
An actor of extraordinary talent, Oscarsson performed on stage, television and a hundred films in a career that spanned 65 years. He was a Cannes Best Actor for Hunger (1966). He was still working, having last appeared as a recurring character in the films based on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series.
In 1977, Oscarsson turned in a superb performance as The Monster in Victor Frankenstein, released to television in North America as Terror of Frankenstein.
The film, rigorously faithful to the Mary Shelley novel, suffers from a low budget, pedestrian direction and a pace so slow it sometimes crawls, but Oscarsson’s Monster, a striking, redoubtable figure with a yellow, ravaged face, black lips and piercing eyes, is unforgettable. Underplaying, earnest, and speaking in a soft, accented voice, Oscarsson conveyed pain, bewilderment, menace and barely concealed anger.
Per Oscarsson’s intimate, controlled performance as The Monster remains one of the best on record.