Skepp till India land (A Ship Bound for India) (1947)





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Skepp Till India-Land (aka Ship to India and Land of Desire) is generally ignored by devotees of director Ingmar Bergman -- not to mention Bergman himself, who seldom mentioned the film in later interviews. To be sure, this story of four disparate souls whose lives are bound up in the fate of an old salvage boat is hardly in the league of The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries. Even so, the film contains the seeds of the great Bergman films to come, especially when dealing with the inner turmoil experienced by the four protagonists. Singled out for praise by the critics was Holger Lowenalder's performance as the taciturn ship's captain. The script was adapted by Bergman from a play by Martin Soederhjelm. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Holger Löwenadler
as Alexander Blom
Anna Lindahl
as Alice his wife
Birger Malmsten
as Johannes Blom
Jan Molander
as Bertil
Erik Hell
as Pekka
??ke Fridell
as Variety hall owner
Peter Lindgren
as Foreign sailor
Amy Aaröe
as Young Girl
Torsten Bergström
as Blom's Companion
Ingrid Borthen
as Girl in street
Gustaf Hiort af Ornaes
as Blom's Companion
Gunnar Nielsen
as Young man
Holger Loewenadler
as Kapten Blom
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Critic Reviews for Skepp till India land (A Ship Bound for India)

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

At this stage the emotive and thematic weight of Bergman's ambitions prove a bit too much for his decidedly functional plotting and characterisation.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Though far from one of the master director's better films, it still has a few dazzling moments to be awed by.

Full Review… | August 11, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Skepp till India land (A Ship Bound for India)

One of Bergman's first films is one of his most interesting, but it's not one of his best. The characterizations of the film's protagonists are inconsistent from scene to scene and some of them leave a viewer with many unanswered questions (like the mother's motivations.) Beyond that, the cinematography is pretty dowdy, particularly the exterior footage. Still, it has elements that Bergman fans will recognize from his more famous films, and it contains sequences of despair and anguish that can haunt a viewer days later. Birger Malmsten, who plays the lead character Johannes and who will be seen in several later Bergman films, is immensely likable and compelling as the hunchback son who finally stands up to his despotic father. While many of the early Bergman films are uninteresting at almost every level ("Port of Call," for instance) this one is well worth a look for the hard core Bergmaniac, if you can find it.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

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The early Bergmans get overlooked, but I think most of them are quite good. This one has some weak writing but otherwise I liked it. You've got some of his familiar themes here, particularly humiliation and frustrated rage. The story is not terribly original, but it holds your attention, and the actors are all good. The camerawork is especially fine here as well, with a lot of artfully composed shots and expressive lighting. It's not a masterpiece, but I'd watch it again.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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