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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.

Director:

Alf Sjöberg

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stig Järrel ... Caligula
Alf Kjellin ... Jan-Erik Widgren
Mai Zetterling ... Bertha Olsson
Olof Winnerstrand ... The Headmaster
Gösta Cederlund ... Pippi
Hugo Björne ... Doctor Nilsson
Olav Riégo Olav Riégo ... Mr. Widgren
Märta Arbin ... Mrs. Widgren
Jan Molander ... Pettersson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hilda Borgström ... Caligula's Mother (scenes deleted)
Gunnar Carlsson Gunnar Carlsson ... Student (as Lars-Gunnar Carlsson)
Anna Olin Anna Olin ... Aunt Elisabeth (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | Latin

Release Date:

2 October 1944 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Torment See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Caligula: This is cheating, sir! Cheating!
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What a Frightening Figure!
26 October 2009 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

While I believe the film to be a bit formulaic and is at the beginning of Bergman's career (of course he's the screenwriter here), this did captivate me for the most part. It has a level of intensity, mostly built by the psychotic Latin teacher. Any of us who have been in a class run by a tyrant, can feel our flesh crawl. The classroom scenes are really provocative and unsettling. When he shows that little smile, we know he is in much greater control than we realize. The biggest weakness for me was the whole thing with the shop girl. Why wouldn't she name her tormentor? How far had this relationship gone. We aren't privy to tender moments between the lovers, so we mostly see her as an unstable drunk, living in constant fear. What was the attraction. Was it strictly carnal. Was he sorry for her or taken with her in a kind of "Human Bondage" way. Anyway, I thought their relationship needed a great more. It is uplifting in its own way, however, and deserves a viewing. It really works pretty well.


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