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Port of Call (1948)

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Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman seldom had much to say concerning his early feature Port of Call (Hamnstad), perhaps because of the film's unsatisfying shift of tone from grim to upbeat towards the climax (one gets the feeling that this was dictated by Bergman's financiers). Still, this stark tale of the waterfront contains several elements that would come to full fruition in Bergman's later works, notably the troublesome necessity to break away from tradition. The story involves a romance between dockhand Ivine-Christine Jonsson and ex-prostitute Bengt Eklund, and the problems faced by Jonsson in coming to grips with his own puritanical attitudes concerning his beloved's past. While the ending is technically "happy," it is clear that the problems are not completely resolved, and we are invited to speculate on the couple's future. Port of Call would not be released in the US until 1960, after Bergman's reputation had been affirmed by such classics as The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries.

Cast

Mimi Nelson
as Gertrud
Berta Hall
as Berit's mother
Erik Hell
as Berit's Father
Birgitta Valberg
as Welfare Worker
Stig Olin
as Thomas
Sif Ruud
as Mrs. Krona
Hans Straat
as Engineer Vilander
Nils Dahlgren
as Gertrud's father
Harry Ahlin
as Skaningen
Sture Ericsson
as Her Father
Yngve Nordwall
as Factory Foreman
Hans Sundberg
as His Friend
Hans Str__t
as Engineer Vilander
Hanny Schedin
as Gunnar's mother
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Critic Reviews for 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
CinePassion

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
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Port of Call

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Chris Browning
Chris Browning

Super Reviewer

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
danny d

Super Reviewer

Oct 2010 - This is an early attempt by Bergman to show the ups and downs of a troubled relationship. Characters engulfed by their pasts have to reach an understanding that keeps them together. The death of Gertrud seems to provide such a possibility. Bergman's portrayal of the psychological tension is something that reminds one of his masterpieces later but here they remain raw. Among all these I liked the scene were we experience the pain that Gertrud goes through and how it touches other major characters of the movie.

Hossein N
Hossein N

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