When it comes to comedic retellings, there are several varieties out there that are funny for different reasons -- satire, parodies, spoofs, what have you. However, a relatively new approach to humorous recreations, sweding, a term coined in Michel Gondry's 2008 film Be Kind Rewind, takes popular films and mimics them using limited tools and resources. To help you get acquainted with sweded cinema, ShortCuts, a team of German filmmakers, take aim at not 1, not 2, but 70 iconic films and give each a hilarious Swedish treatment.
First of all, in case you don't remember this awesome gem of a movie and want to get a better idea of what sweding is, check out the trailer to Be Kind Rewind:
And, for a little swede-ception, here is a sweded trailer of Be Kind Rewind:
You can even learn how to properly swede a movie from Be Kind Rewind filmmakers Jack Black and Michel Gondry in the video below:
Though the term "sweding" was coined in 2008, producing low-budget versions of famous films is nothing new. According to Know Your Meme:
A fan adaptation of the 1981 action-adventure film Raiders of the Lost Ark premiered at the Alamo Drafthouse cinema on May 31st, 2003. The shot-by-shot remake of the film, which took 7 years to shoot, was produced by Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jason Lab.
Chances are, many of us have made a sweded movie without even knowing it. Every time we filmed a scene from our favorite movie when we were kids playing around with our parents' VHS camcorder -- we were sweding! This practice became a mini-movement back in 2008 when the filmmakers of Be Kind Rewind promoted the production of sweded movies -- they uploaded several short sweded films to their YouTube channel. You can actually learn all about the history of sweded cinema on Know Your Meme, which shares links to a few great sites that curate sweded movies (sadly, a lot of the links no longer work).
This German filmmaking team takes sweded cinema to another level -- perhaps one that wouldn't fit into the original criteria of the movement. Sweded films are supposed to mimic popular scenes from popular films, but the key to the way filmmakers are to approach that is to keep it amateurish. The video below looks -- fantastic! It's incredibly well-done, and you can tell that the team used some (at least) semi-pro tools. However, their approach to special effects is hilariously low-tech, and is absolutely reflective of the spirit of sweded cinema. In any case, the sweded film below celebrates so many great films, including The Shining, Black Swan, The Thing, The Godfather, and Inception (a bearded German guy in a black wig to imitate Marion Cotillard is probably the greatest thing in history), so go on. Check it out below!
What do you think of this 70-flick sweded video? Have you ever sweded a film? Let us know in the comments below!