Skepp till India land (A Ship Bound for India) (1947)
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as Alexander Blom
as Alice his wife
as Johannes Blom
as Variety hall owner
as Foreign sailor
as Young Girl
as Blom's Companion
as Girl in street
as Blom's Companion
as Young man
as Kapten Blom
Critic Reviews for Skepp till India land (A Ship Bound for India)
At this stage the emotive and thematic weight of Bergman's ambitions prove a bit too much for his decidedly functional plotting and characterisation.
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.
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.
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