The black-and-white world of the Stockholm proletariat. Dirty streets, cramped housing, second-rate pubs. Hard work and a growing sense of despondency. A couple of young lovers named Harry and Monika decide to escape from all this. Using a stolen motorboat, they set off for a holiday during which they travel carefree from shore to shore, swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying their bodies. They also envision, naturally, a happy life together. When their dreams eventually meet reality, however, it is like a speeding car crashing into a concrete wall. This early work by cinematic master Ingmar Bergman was first acclaimed for its moral courage. In time, however, it also started to be appreciated for its artistic qualities. No one praised it more than Jean-Luc Godard, who, in a 1958 review, wrote that it was to contemporary cinema what The Birth of a Nation was to classic cinema.
Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) began his film career by correcting other people's scripts. He made his directorial debut with Crisis, which premiered in 1946. He gained fame with The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries. His subsequent works, including The Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly, and Persona, cemented his position as one of the most important filmmakers in European cinema. He regularly worked with cinematographer Sven Nykvist and actors such as Harriet Andersson, Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, and Max von Sydow. He also worked in theater.
1953 Wakacje z Moniką / Sommaren med Monika / Summer with Monika
1957 Siódma pieczęć / Det sjunde inseglet / The Seventh Seal
1957 Tam, gdzie rosną poziomki / Smultronstället / Wild Strawberries
1960 Źródło / Jungfrukällan / The Virgin Spring
1961 Jak w zwierciadle / Sĺsom i en spegel / Through a Glass Darkly