David Lindell (Birger Malmsten) and Maggi (Barbro Kollberg) have not been favoured by fate. David got off on a wrong start, landed in prison, but now wants to start a new life. Maggi aimed to be an actress, but got pregnant during a chance encounter and has now fled to a provincial town to give herself a second chance. The lovers represent everything the straitlaced society rejects and disdains. Yet even when people take advantage of them, when the couple are accused of theft, when they are thrown out of their apartment – at least they seem to have a guardian angel, who appears in the unlikely form of the “Man with the Umbrella”.
In his second feature film Bergman further develops his specific filmic methods: the contrast between light and darkness, the introductory narration, the look into the mirror, the typical Bergman irony. He is still learning from masters like Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra or Marcel Carné, experiments with intertitles to divide up the chapters and needs neither whitewashing nor sentimentality to present himself as advocate of the downtrodden and underprivileged in post-war social-democratic Sweden. And he is also already filling up his “stall” of great actors. –Berlinale
The most famed and honored filmmaker ever to emerge from the nation of Sweden – and regarded by many as one of the three or four most brilliant directors of the 20th century – Ingmar Bergman radically altered the nature and meaning of the motion-picture form, transfiguring a medium long devoted to spectacle into an art capable of profoundly personal meditations into the myriad struggles facing the psyche and the soul. By focusing on the exploration of self with unparalleled intensity, Bergman brought to the screen a new sense of emotional intimacy, fusing the concepts behind Freudian psychotherapy with a dreamlike sensibility founded on visual metaphors, flashbacks, and extreme close-ups to create a revelatory cinematic world unlike any before it.
Born Ernst Ingmar Bergman on July 14, 1918, in Uppsala, Sweden, he followed a brief 1938 military stay by attending Stockholm University. While there, he staged his first plays, among them adaptations of Macbeth, August Strindberg’s… read more