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A Ship to India (1947)

Skepp till India land (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 26 August 1949 (USA)
A sailor returns to his hometown after 7 years and remembered the dark and the light moments of his past.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writers:

Ingmar Bergman (screenplay), Martin Söderhjelm (play)
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

26 August 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frustration See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sveriges Folkbiografer See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director's cameo: 17'50" into the film, director Ingmar Bergman can be seen in the amusement park, watching the performance of "Kasper Teater", a marionette show. See more »

Alternate Versions

This shorter US version also omits the end of the windmill scene just as Johannes and Sally are lying down together to have sex. This 78 minute version also is missing entirely a longer scene toward the end of the film, just before Johannes leaves Sally to join the Navy, clearly indicating the two have just made love. See more »

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Edited into Spisok korabley (2008) See more »

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One of Bergman's first films is one of his most interesting…
13 August 2001 | by saltsanSee all my reviews

But it's not one of his best. The characterizations of the film's protagonists are inconsistent from scene to scene and some of them leave a viewer with many unanswered questions (like the mother's motivations.) Beyond that, the cinematography is pretty dowdy, particularly the exterior footage.

Still, it has elements that Bergman fans will recognize from his more famous films, and it contains sequences of despair and anguish that can haunt a viewer days later. Birger Malmsten, who plays the lead character Johannes and who will be seen in several later Bergman films, is immensely likable and compelling as the hunchback son who finally stands up to his despotic father. While many of the early Bergman films are uninteresting at almost every level ("Port of Call," for instance) this one is well worth a look for the hard core Bergmaniac, if you can find it.


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