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Death by Printing Press in Stockholm


Probably the best and most historically accurate film series that I had seen, as of 2014, was the Anno 1790 Swedish historic crime drama series first broadcast in 2011. I finished the series on DVD in March 2014, following the Swedish dialogue with English sub-titles. The third episode of the ten episode series, entitled in English "Fickle Woman," featured a printer working in an authentic-appearing printing shop, being killed by having his head squished in the printing press. The printer was issuing subversive political documents inspired by the French Revolution, but he mainly got into trouble with his wife for fooling around with too many women who came to get printing done.

From the blurb on the DVD set:

"The Age of Enlightenment, year 1790. After returning from the battle fields of a bloody war in Finland, Swedish army surgeon Johan Gustav Dåådh [prounounced 'Dode'] finds himself reluctantly taking on the job as district police commissioner in Stockholm. Unenthusiastic about police work, he still brings tenacity and dispassionate reasoning to the job, with an eye to ensuring that criminals are caught and the innocent remain free. His methods may not be modern but they work, and the motives for the crimes remain unchanged from today: revenge, greed, love, jealousy, and politics. Beneath the calm exterior, Dåådh is an conflicted as the times he lives in; he's a closeted revolutionary torn between his loyalty to the King and his progressive ideals. He also struggles with forbidden love for his boss' wife Magdalena, who shares his vision for a just and free society."


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