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This Can't Happen Here (1950)

Sånt händer inte här (original title)
Atka Natas is a secret agent from the oppressive regime of Liquidatzia. He visits his estranged wife Vera, a chemist who is involved with a group of exiles trying to smuggle their ... See full summary »

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Alf Kjellin ...
Almkvist
Ulf Palme ...
Atkä Natas
Gösta Cederlund ...
The Doctor
Yngve Nordwall ...
Lindell
Hannu Kompus ...
The Priest
Sylvia Täl ...
Vanja
Els Vårman ...
Refugee
Edmar Kuus ...
Leino
Helena Kuus ...
Woman at wedding
Rudolf Lipp ...
Skuggan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddy Andersson ...
The Engineer
Hugo Bolander ...
The hotel manager
Tor Borong ...
Doorkeeper
Ivan Bousé ...
Secret service man
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Atka Natas is a secret agent from the oppressive regime of Liquidatzia. He visits his estranged wife Vera, a chemist who is involved with a group of exiles trying to smuggle their compatriots out of Liquidatzia. Almkvist, an honest local policeman and former lover of Vera's, contacts her while investigating the death of one of the refugees. Natas has a list of agents operating in the host country and wants to sell them to the Americans. However before he can do so, Vera tries to kill him, after an argument about getting her parents out of Liquidatzia. Written by Will Gilbert

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The name of the leading villain in this spy movie, Atkä Natas, is an anagram for "Äkta Satan" (Real Satan) in Swedish. See more »

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Cloudy story of refugees to Sweden and communist agents from their home country
17 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Sånt händer inte här" (1950) aka "This Can't Happen Here" is a film noir by Ingmar Bergman. In Sweden, Signe Hasso has a marriage of convenience with Ulf Palme, and they are from a country now under Communist rule. Refugees from that country are escaping to Sweden but there are infiltrators who are thwarting these escapes. Alf Kjellin plays a Swedish policeman who has been Hasso's lover at one time.

Hasso wants to get her parents out of that Communist country with the help of husband Palme. His position is somewhat ambiguous to her and us because he wants to play all sides in order to survive. He has a list of foreign agents in Sweden and wants to take it to the American embassy but he also has relations with the communists and himself has a dubious war record, having executed 4,000 people for the Germans. Hasso knows he is risking her parents by his actions, having sent them to a "good" camp. She attempts to kill him with a chemical injected near his neck. She thinks him dead and takes his papers to Kjellin.

The film is very good in terms of its content and staging, as is typically the case with Bergman. The visuals are certainly noir. Even though the story is in the thriller genre, Bergman's concerns and views still come through to an experienced Bergman-watcher. This is pointed out in detail by the sole reviewer, an external reviewer named Leonardo Persia.

The film generates a mood of great uncertainty, ambiguity and a kind of ominous peril, not from explicit violence or shooting but from the persistence of communist agents always pressing and pressuring. They confine people who seem to be free to move about but are really in danger of being kidnapped and brainwashed. A refugee has a doubtful status and especially when they may be revealed by an unknown spy in their midst. In the film, the shadow of fascism hangs over everyone and it is indistinguishable from the new shadow of communism. The dislocations and pressures of the just-ended war become apparent, even in the neutral Sweden, as affairs have not returned to normal. Even neutrality has its moral weight and implications. Hasso looks very worried and serious. Palme is much harried. Kjellin feels a responsibility.


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