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The White Cat (1950)

Den vita katten (original title)
A man comes to Stockholm's central station. He does not know who he is or where he has been. He has some keys and a phone number. Perhaps he is the escaped sex maniac the police are ... See full summary »

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The Man Without Identity
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Auri Rautila - Waitress
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The Artist
Gertrud Fridh ...
'Pax'
Hugo Björne ...
'Väglusen'
Ingrid Borthen ...
Mrs. Eksell
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Jarl Eksell
Gull Natorp ...
Otti Patkull
Doris Svedlund ...
Inez - Girl in the School House
Gösta Gustafson ...
Filip - Inez' Father
Margit Andelius ...
Ebba Patkull
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Algot - Man Outside Gyldene Freden
Peter Blitz ...
Jerker
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Thief at Central Station
Alf Östlund ...
Ticket Collector
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A man comes to Stockholm's central station. He does not know who he is or where he has been. He has some keys and a phone number. Perhaps he is the escaped sex maniac the police are searching for. A waitress at a café tries to help him. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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26 December 1950 (Sweden)  »

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(Aga-Baltic)

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1.37 : 1
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Dream Boogie
Music by Charlie Norman
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Compelling Ekman mystery falters
7 July 2017 | by (Oregon) – See all my reviews

A handsome young man arrives in Stockholm by train one night. He has no money or identification, but in his pockets are a set of keys and a paper with an address and a phone number. He has no memory of who he is or where he came from. He overhears people discussing an escaped mental patient, a sex offender, who bears his exact description. A waitress at the station, played by the great Eva Henning, takes him under her wing and puts him up for the night. He has a fear of white cats.

It's a compelling set-up, and has all the components of a great Ekman piece: the lurid sexuality (similar to Mattsson and Bergman of the period), dream sequences that offer keys to a fractured psyche, an existential entanglement of multiple identities... And the first act lives up to that. But from there the film sort of crumbles underneath its weighty and ultimately nonsensical plot.

By the final act, many of the film's more intriguing plot points have been entirely ignored and forgotten, and the resolution will leave you more perplexed than satisfied. Henning is not given enough screen time, or a strong enough character. Enjoyable, but not a great film.


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