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A Ship Bound for India (1947)
"Skepp till India land" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  26 August 1949 (USA)
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Sailor Johannes Blom returns to his home port, after seven years at sea, to find that Sally, the girl he has been thinking of while away, is completely despondent. Seven years earlier, ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Holger Löwenadler ...
Kapten Alexander Blom
Anna Lindahl ...
Alice Blom
Birger Malmsten ...
Johannes Blom
Gertrud Fridh ...
Sally
Naemi Briese ...
Selma
Hjördis Petterson ...
Sofi (as Hjördis Pettersson)
Lasse Krantz ...
Hans
Jan Molander ...
Bertil
Erik Hell ...
Pekka
Åke Fridell ...
Variety hall owner
Douglas Håge ...
Customs officer (scenes deleted)
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Sailor Johannes Blom returns to his home port, after seven years at sea, to find that Sally, the girl he has been thinking of while away, is completely despondent. Seven years earlier, obstreperous Alexander Blom, brings his mistress Sally to live with him, his wife Alice, son Johannes, and crew, aboard the salvage boat he captains. Amidst all the tensions on the small boat, Johannes and Sally fall in love with each other. Written by Will Gilbert

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Although this was third Bergman-directed film, it was the first to be released in the United States, in 1949. His two prior films did not get released in the US. Five more years would elapse before another Bergman film, "Somarlek" (actually Bergman's tenth film), would appear commercially in America. See more »

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A Bitter and Anguished Love Story
3 December 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After seven years at sea, Johannes Blom (Birger Malmsten) returns to his hometown seeking out Sally (Gertrud Fridh), who is depressed and isolated in her room. Johannes recalls his life seven years ago, when he lived with his despotic and brutal father Captain Alexander Blom (Holger Löwenadler) and his abused mother Alice Blom (Anna Lindahl) in an old vessel working in salvage services. The hunchback Johannes has been rejected by his father since he was born and has survived and grown full of anger. When Alexander discovers that he will be blind in less than one year, he brings his mistress Sally to live with him on board of his ship expecting to leave Alice and travel abroad with Sally. But Johannes and Sally fall in love with each other and the hatred of Alexander for Johannes leads to the family to a tragic end.

"Skepp Till India Land" is the third film of master Ingmar Bergman with the story of a triangle of love among an abusive father, his abused son and his mistress. Captain Alexander Blom is one of the most despicable characters I have ever seen with his tyrannical and indifferent behavior regarding his wife and his own son. Alice Blom is an abused wife that has the only motivation of having a cottage and a pension of Alexander's employers in an after-war period (this is a 1947 film). Johannes is man without self-esteem or self-respect, abused since he was a child that reacts to his father's brutality when he is infatuated on Sally, an anguished and disillusioned showgirl that has no hopes or expectations with men. The result is a bitter and anguished love story. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Um Barco para a Índia" ("A Boat to India")


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