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Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Most people are familiar with Stieg Larsson through his hugely successful “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” novels and their subsequent Swedish and Hollywood film adaptations.

But while Henrik Georgsson’s documentary about Larsson’s life and career riffs on the title of one those best sellers, it concentrates on the far more fascinating story of the author’s decades-long journalistic efforts exposing European neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists.

Receiving its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, “Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played With Fire” will have no problem garnering interest among international audiences.

“He should be known for his consistent job of mapping out the far right and the Nazis,” a commentator says early on about Larsson in the film. It’s a situation the documentary attempts to rectify, delivering a biographical portrait in which the Millennium crime novels revolving around Lisbeth Salander are little more than a footnote.

The film chronicles the political turbulence that led to the rise of right-wing elements in Sweden in the 1980s and ’90s, including the founding of the “Keep Sweden Swedish” anti-immigrant organization and the 1986 assassination of former prime minister Olof Palme, then the leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party.

“Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played With Fire” is screening at the Sundance Film Festival.

Read the story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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