Mai Zetterling is first and foremost known for being the female Swedish auteur of the 60s. She wrote and directed acclaimed films like Loving Couples (1964) and The Girls (1968). Before her breakthrough in filmmaking Zetterling was a notable international actress; a Swedish star. Her image - constructed both by her film roles and public appearances - shifted remarkably over the course of her career. During the mid 40s she appeared as innocent and subordinate. In the 50s her roles were more energetic, purposeful and eccentric. By time she gained more and more self-control over her image. From the 60s on she matured and slowly dismissed her (passive) career in front of the camera to start an active and politically engaged career behind the camera.