Young woman Marta dreams of a better future and leaves her parent's cabbage patch and move to Stockholm. Waiting tables doesn't pay nearly enough and she soon finds herself working the streets, earning enough money from elderly gentlemen to pay for a high society lifestyle. Her teenage sweetheart Adrian also moves to Stockholm to search for her. Written by
A subtle and effective interpretation of Ivar Lo-Johansson's classic novel. The transfer from novel to film works really well. One of the first Swedish attempts to make a modern film in an authentic social realistic context. This film has probably pioneered a new genre in Swedish film. A genre that since then has been the main Scandinavian topic. The young Barbro Kollberg creates an inspired and courageous portrayal of Marta, fleeing a poor and dismal existence in the country for the big city. Her opponent, Sture Lagerwall, represents the old school of acting, with a clear theatrical diction even though he is supposed to be a farmer's son. Stockholm plays another crucial part in the film "Kungsgatan". Beautiful and richly exhibited, day or night.
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