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Torment (1944)

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An idealistic adolescent, suffering under the thumb of a sadistic schoolmaster, falls in love with a loose girl who is bullied and tormented by another lover.

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Complete credited cast:
Stig Järrel ...
Alf Kjellin ...
Jan-Erik Widgren
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Bertha Olsson
Olof Winnerstrand ...
The Headmaster
Gösta Cederlund ...
Pippi
Hugo Björne ...
Doctor Nilsson
Olav Riégo ...
Mr. Widgren
Märta Arbin ...
Mrs. Widgren
Jan Molander ...
Pettersson
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Hilda Borgström ...
Caligula's Mother (scenes deleted)
Gunnar Carlsson ...
Student (as Lars-Gunnar Carlsson)
Anna Olin ...
Aunt Elisabeth (scenes deleted)
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Jan-Erik Widgren is a high-school senior. His Latin teacher, Caligula, is feared by everybody, both teachers and students. Widgren falls in love with Berta, who works in a tobacco store. She tells him that she is harassed by a mean, sadistic man, but does not tell him that it is Caligula himself. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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2 October 1944 (Sweden)  »

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In his second autobiography "Images: My Life in Film", Ingmar Bergman describes the filming of the exteriors as his actual film directorial debut: "When the film was virtually done, I made my debut as a movie director...[the] final scene shows Kjellin in the light of dawn, walking towards the awakening city. I was told to shoot these last exteriors, since Sjöberg was otherwise engaged. They were my first professionally filmed images. I was more excited that I can describe." See more »

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When Caligula and Widgren sit in the window together towards the middle of the film, the boom mic can be seen reflected in the glass above them. See more »

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Bertha Olsson: I used to stand at the crossing, watching the trains. Don't laugh. I'd imagine myself on one of those trains one day. A sweet young woman in a bell-shaped skirt and a funny hat, with no luggage.
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Referenced in Svart Lucia (1992) See more »

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A very fine and interesting film
24 February 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Torment is most recognised as the screenplay debut of young Ingmar Bergman. And while there are signs of a script-writer who had more than great potential, Torment does deserve to be known for more than the debut of one of the best and most influential directors in film. For it is a very fine film indeed. It looks great, with gorgeous photography and evocative scenery. Alf Sjöberg's direction is clever and sustained, while Bergman's screenplay has both its dark and affecting moments and shows great thought and insight. The story does show signs of a chilling atmosphere, affecting melodrama(without being overly so) and also of a writer early on in his career showing what he could do while developing it to even greater heights later on in his career, the film is always involving pacing wise and the character development is subtle while always making the characters interesting. The music has moments where it is too intrusive but is overall hauntingly-composed and fitting, while the acting is marvellous, especially from Stig Järrel and Mai Zetterling. In conclusion, very, very good. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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