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Stieg Larsson documentary to play free at Charles

The screen version of Stieg Larsson's suspense novel about super-hacker Lisbeth Salander and investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," has been a phenomenon at the Charles for three months. It still comes in a strong second to whatever new release overtakes it for a weekend. As a thank-you to the fans and a promotion for the July 16 opening of "The Girl Who Played With Fire" (the second entry in the film version of what has been dubbed Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy"), the Charles will show -- for free! -- "Millennium: The Story," a documentary about Larsson and his novels, on Monday, July 5 and Monday, July 12, at 7 p.m. both dates. ("Millennium" is the name of Blomkvist's antifascist magazine in the book.)

"Millennium: The Story" lays out the gist of the late writer's biography in endearingly stilted, semi-broken English. (I'll be writing more about it for Friday's Live section.) The most arresting footage illustrates Larsson's fight against Swedish neo-Nazis. The most intimate footage includes interviews with his book editor, his brother and father, and his friends and colleagues at the antifascist publication Expo.

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Although "Millennium: The Story" is a bit like an extended DVD extra (except not as slick), it provides a welcome glimpse at the gnarly real-life roots of Larsson's fiction. And it's shrewd about the reason for the films' success: the white-hot performance of Noomi Rapace as Larsson's Riot-grrrl heroine Salander (that's her above, in a scene from "The Girl Who Played With Fire").

Which film (and franchise) are you looking forward to more: "The Girl Who Played With Fire" or "Eclipse?" "Millennium" or "Twilight?"

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