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‘Dragon Tattoo’ screening and forum at Harvard

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Sara Kärrholm and Soren Staermose at Harvard last night.

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Movie producer Soren Staermose, who made the Swedish film adaptation of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’’ and its sequels, was at Harvard last night for a screening of “Tattoo’’ and a discussion about the Swedish and American adaptations of the popular Stieg Larsson novels. The appearance by Staermose, who helped make the American version, was part of “Crime, Power and Politics in Contemporary Scandinavian Culture,’’ a Harvard class led by Fulbright Visiting Professor Sara Kärrholm, a Swedish crime fiction expert. Kärrholm joined Staermose for the talk with Ursula Lindqvist, director of Undergraduate Studies for Scandinavian at Harvard, serving as moderator. Before the event, we had to ask Lindqvist whether she prefers the American or Swedish version of “Tattoo.’’ She responded diplomatically. “It’s hard to express a preference. The David Fincher film had a much higher budget. They were able to do more.’’ . . . Speaking of the American version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,’’ Giants Senior VP Chris Mara told ESPN last week that the Oscars will be his daughter’s Super Bowl. Rooney Mara, who’s a best actress nominee for her performance as hacker Lisbeth Salander, faces off on Feb. 26 against Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Glenn Close, and Michelle Williams. Chris Mara told ESPN, “Rooney had to learn how to kickbox and ride a motorcycle and do so many physical things to get ready for the film. She showed a lot of toughness going through the whole experience, and she had a director, David Fincher, who was just like Tom Coughlin or Bill Parcells.’’ Thanks for those comparisons, Chris, but we prefer to think of Fincher as Bill Belichick.

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