Brunius was a classically trained actor with an imposing presence and a melodic voice that was well suited to playing regal roles. Edvin Adolphson, who appeared on stage with her many times at the Swedish Theatre, describes her in his memoirs as an esteemed colleague and a superb ensemble actor. Brunius made her screen acting debut in 1920 and acted in 13 films. Today she is probably best remembered for her final film role, as Mrs Lindberg, the Major’s wife in KARL FREDRIK REIGNS (KARL FREDRIK REGERAR, Sigurd Wallén, 1934).
During the 1920s Brunius made a number of short films based on her own screenplays about the Vinners, a charming Stockholm family, in which the parents were played by the real-life couple Frida and Olof Winnerstrand. The Vinners’ son, Putte, was played by Brunius’ own son Palle. Reminiscent of the situation and action comedies of our own times, there were six films in all, which were screened in cinemas prior to the main feature. Fragments still remain from DE LÄCKRA SKALDJUREN (THE DELICIOUS SHELLFISH, 1920) and HERR VINNERS STENÅLDERSDRÖM (MR VINNER’S STONE AGE DREAM, 1924) plus a complete version of LEV LIVET LEENDE (LIVE YOUR LIFE SMILING, 1921) – which incidentally was the Swedish title of Douglas Fairbanks’ autobiography “Laugh and Live”, when it had been published in Sweden two years earlier.
Mikaela Kindblom, Nordic Women in Film, 2012 (Translated by Derek Jones)
Following this film will be presented THE MARK OF THE ZORRO