Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


Affliated researcher in cinema studies, film critic at Sydsvenska Dagbladet and Helsingborgs Dagblad and regular contributor to the Swedish National Encyclopaedia plus a number of anthologies and reference works.

Dissertation: Snuten i skymningslandet: Svenska polisberättelser i roman och film 1965-2010 (Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2011).

Books in English: Ingmar Bergman's 'Face to Face' (London and New York: Wallflower Press, 2017), Swedish Cops: From Sjöwall and Wahlöö to Stieg Larsson (Intellect, 2014).

Previous experience: M.A. in journalism, freelancing for journals and papers, chief editor of Filmhäftet and Film International, member of the editorial board of Cinema Journal.

Teaching: Campus Gotland (Uppsala University), Kristianstad College University, Linné University, Lund University.

Home page with collected texts:

NOTE! My e-mail address is:


About the research

I have just finished working on a project about Ingmar Bergman's now forgotten film Face to Face (1976, shown in an extended cut as a TV series in Sweden). My resluts are presented in the book Ingmar Bergman's 'Face to Face',published in October 2017 by Wallflower Press and distributed by Columbia University Press. The presentation the book on its back cover is as follows:

The 1976 premiere of Face to Face came at the height of director-screenwriter Ingmar Bergman’s career. Prestigious awards and critical acclaim had made him into a leading name in European art cinema. Yet today Face to Face is a largely overlooked and dismissed work. This book tells the story of its rise and fall.

It presents a new portrait of Bergman as a political artist exploring a new medium with huge public impact: TV. Inspired by Henrik Ibsen, feminism and alternative psychotherapy, he made a series of portraits of the modern bourgeois family focusing on the plight of women. Face to Face followed in the tracks of The Lie (1970) and Scenes from a Marriage (1973).

By his workbooks, engagement planners and other archival material we can trace his investigation into the heart of the repressive family structures to eventually glimpse a way out. The book culminates in an extensive study of the two-year process from the first outlines of the screenplay to the reception and aftermath of Face to Face. Hereby, the book offers a unique insight into Bergman’s world, his ideas and artistry, during a turbulent time in cinema history.

My next project is titled MAN – MACHINE – FILM and will be about the relationship between man and technology on film.


Books (6)
Editorships (33)
Articles (14)
Book chapters (128)
Encyclopaedia entries (3)
Conference contributions (6)
Working papers (1)
Reviews (164)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (90)
Newspaper articles (180)
Miscellaneous (12)

Research portal (Lund University)

Other tasks and qualifications

Reader/Associate Professor, Cinema Studies.

PhD. Cinema Studies.
M.A. Journalism.

Current employments
2011– Affiliated Researcher in Cinema Studies at the Centre for Literature and Languages, Lund University.
1999– Film critic, Sydsvenska Dagbladet.
1996– Contributor to the Swedish National Encyclopaedia, see
1989– Freelancing journalist and writer

Previous employments
2003–07 Member of the editorial board, Cinema Journal.
2004–06 Film editor, encyclopaedia AHA (10 volumes, publisher: Bertmarks).
2003–04 Chief editor, Film International.
1998–2002 Chief editor, Filmhäftet.
1989–96 Contributor (film), Nationalencyklopedin (20 volumes)
1983–89 Member of the board, Lund University Film Society, chairman 1986–89.

2012 Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy Award for Best Specialist Book of 2011: Snuten i skymningslandet: Svenska polisberättelser i roman och film 1965–2010. Now published in a revised, updated and edited English edition as SWEDISH COPS: FROM SJÖWALL & WAHLÖÖ TO STIEG LARSSON.
2002 Elisabet Sörenson Award.
2000 Jurgen Schildt Award.

I have been a lecturer at various universities since 2001: Campus Gotland (Uppsala University), Kristianstad College University, Linné University and Lund University.

Michael Tapper

Film Studies
Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail michael.tapperlitt.luse

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 201, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 20