For today’s Camera Cameos feature, we bring you a vintage camera from the early 1900s which was one of the main stars in the 2008 Swedish film Everlasting Moments. Maybe you haven’t seen this camera or the film yet, so read on to find out more!
Camera: Contessa Nettel Folding Camera (most likely the Fiduca model)
Cameo-d on: Everlasting Moments (2008)
Everlasting Moments tells the true story of Maria Larsson, a Swedish working class housewife who lived in the early 20th century, whose life changed when she remembered the Contessa plate camera she won in a lottery with her husband. Maria initially wanted to sell the camera to pay for the bills, but after the camera shop owner taught her how to use it, she started taking photos regularly, feeling a different sense of freedom out of the fleeting moments she was able to capture.
As for the analogue star of the movie, the exact model of the Contessa folding plate camera was not mentioned, it was most likely the Contessa-Nettel Fiduca Quarter Plate pictured above. However, since it was introduced in 1921 and the story mentions Maria Larsson winning a Contessa in the early 1900s, many camera enthusiasts say it’s not the exact model used by the real Maria Larsson.
As a bonus trivia, Everlasting Moments was shot on 16mm film blown up to 35mm. “Then you get a little grainy picture that fits the turn of the [20th] century era and also relates to the early silent cinema,” says director Jan Troell. “I have deliberately kept the colours down and used similar sepia tones as those in for example Victor Sjöström’s films.”
Watch the trailer for Everlasting Moments below: