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Hamnstad (Port of Call) (1948)

Hamnstad (Port of Call)




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In this early feature from Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman, Gosta (Bengt Eklund) is a sailor with the merchant marine who has decided to take some time off from sailing after eight years at sea. Working the docks until he can find a better job, one Saturday night Gosta visits a dance hall and meets Berit (Nine-Christine Jonsson), a beautiful but troubled young woman. Berit has a history as a juvenile delinquent and has served time in a home for girls, where she met her close friend Gertrud (Mimi Nelson). Berit soon becomes infatuated with Gosta, and his strong, well-grounded nature seems to be the stabilizing influence she needs. However, in time Gosta learns about Berit's checkered past and meets her mother (Berta Hall), who makes no secret of her contempt for her daughter. Gosta begins having second thoughts about his relationship with Berit after she unwittingly involves him in the death of Gertrud, who succumbs after receiving an illegal abortion. Hamnstad (aka Port of Call and Harbor City) marks the first time Bergman worked with cinematographer Gunnar Fischer, who would photograph many of his most memorable films of the 1950's. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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On DVD: Mar 20, 2007
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Bengt Eklund
as Gosta Andersson
Berta Hall
as Berit's mother
Erik Hell
as Betit's father
Mimi Nelson
as Gertrud
Birgitta Valberg
as Agnes Vilander socia...
Harry Ahlin
as "Skaningen"
Sture Ericsson
as Her Father
Yngve Nordwall
as Factory Foreman
Hans Sundberg
as His Friend
Nils Dahlgren
as Gertrud's father
Stig Olin
as Thomas
Sif Ruud
as Mrs. Krona
Hans Str__t
as Engineer Vilander
Hanny Schedin
as Gunnar's mother
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Critic Reviews for Hamnstad (Port of Call)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

It's no less schematic than it sounds, but solid performances and straightforward handling make Bergman's fourth feature the most fully achieved, though hardly most characteristic, of his fledgling film career to that point.

Full Review… | July 23, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

It's a bleak world of hard-faced dock workers and stringy authority figures, where adults are no longer interested in romance or books and even a night out at the movies is just a prelude to a street brawl.

Full Review… | July 23, 2013

Gritty dockside melodrama.

Full Review… | August 14, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Rewarding, if sombre, slice of Swedish street life that demonstrates Bergman's trademark visual ingenuity and expert characterisation.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007

An early, minor work by Ingmar Bergman, interesting mainly in the general context of the great director's career.

Full Review… | August 29, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Hamnstad (Port of Call)

this was really 3/4 of a great film. i was interested in the characters and the visuals were great as this was the first collaboration between bergman and gunnar, but the end lost focus a bit. overall a realist human drama worthy of viewing.

danny d

Super Reviewer


An early film from Ingmar Bergman, it is just as interesting on a visual scope as his films usually are, with the docklands filmed well and good use of panning and dolly work throughout. In terms of story and acting though, this is rather ordinary stuff, despite some interesting ideas and philosophies about freedom. It seems the easy way to out to just classify this film as interesting but not up to the standard that Bergman would later set, however I cannot think of much else to say here. It certainly is not as thought-provoking and intense as some of his later films, and for those not interested in Bergman or clever camera movement, I could easily imagine this piece coming across as boring.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


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