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Port of Call (1948)

Hamnstad (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 1 August 1963 (USA)
A suicidal factory girl out of reformatory school, anxious to escape her overbearing mother, falls in love with a sailor who can't forgive her past.


Ingmar Bergman


Ingmar Bergman (screenplay), Olle Länsberg (story)




Complete credited cast:
Nine-Christine Jönsson ... Berit
Bengt Eklund ... Gösta
Mimi Nelson ... Gertrud
Berta Hall ... Berit's Mother
Birgitta Valberg ... Mrs. Vilander
Sif Ruud ... Mrs. Krona
Britta Billsten Britta Billsten ... Prostitute
Harry Ahlin ... Skåningen
Nils Hallberg ... Gustav
Sven-Eric Gamble ... Eken
Yngve Nordwall ... The Supervisor
Nils Dahlgren ... Gertrud's Father
Hans Strååt ... Mr. Vilander
Erik Hell ... Berit's Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edvard Danielsson Edvard Danielsson ... Man (scenes deleted)


Berit is a young woman with problems. She is suicidal and depressed. Since it has been impossible for her to live with her mother, she has spent many years in institutions. She has now gotten a job in an industry on the condition that she can live together with her mother again. Their relationship is very tense however. One night at a dance she meets stevedore Gösta. Will he be able to give her the support she needs? Written by Mattias Thuresson

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The book which Gösta reads on his bed is 'Resor utan mål' ('Journeys Without Destination') by Swedish author and future Nobel laureate in Literature (1974) Harry Martinson. Martinson was, indeed, a sailor before becoming an author, and the book, published in 1932 as Martinson's first prose volume (his greatest fame would come for his poetry), was a document of his own experiences as one, written at twenty-eight after he had given up the sea due to a combination of lack of employment and a bout of tuberculosis. A sailor like Gösta would indeed have found much interest in the book, as it dealt realistically with the life of a sailor from his country living a life very similar to his own. The book itself has sadly never been published in English, but Martinson's second novel, 'Kap Farväl!', somewhat similar to 'Resor utan mål', was translated as 'Cape Farewell'. Director Ingmar Bergman was indeed an admirer of his countryman Martinson and, in 1964, he staged the premiere of Martinson's play 'Tre knivar från Wei' ('Three Knives From Wei'), although, unfortunately, he considered the production an unmitigated disaster. See more »


When the camera pans from Gösta to Skåningen in the whistling scene, an object which is probably a microphone can be seen briefly in the upper right frame. See more »


Gertrud's Father: She never gave me any joy. Perhaps it's turned out for the best.
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Referenced in Three Scenes with Ingmar Bergman (1975) See more »


Det ligger en båt i hamnen
("There is a boat in the harbor")
Composed by Sven Sjöholm
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Watching this film will enable you to know that it is not a typical Bergman film.
30 April 2007 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

"Hamnstad" is one of the rare Swedish films focusing on family life.Its uniqueness is due to the fact that it has an eclectic mix of serious themes. These themes include bitter, harsh realities like abortion,broken home, correctional house etc. Bergman has deftly portrayed the dreary lives of its two lonely protagonists : Gosta and Berit. For this purpose, he has chosen a small provincial port town where nothing much happens. This film is a good record of how gloomy the life in Sweden (Europe) during 1940s was. Bergman has also shown us how all emotional problems are solved if lovers decide to remain true to each other. This is precisely the case of Gosta and Berit.Gosta has always led a hard life. He is a moody soul too. As a sailor, he has been out on sea for many years. For this reason he is unable to believe that some girl can enter his life in order to love him.There are doubts in Berit's mind too. As a loner, she tries hard to leave her past behind. As a young lass, Berit witnessed numerous fights involving her father and mother. This is one of the reasons why there is enormous distance between Berit and her mother. It is during one of these turbulent emotional phases that Berit meets Gosta. Even though Gosta is a tough nut to crack, his love for Berit is real. On one occasion, Gosta fights some young rascals to prove his intensity of emotional attachment for Berit. Gosta even proves that he is the ideal man for Berit as he solemnly ignores Berit's revelation that in the past, she was sent to a correction house. He urges Berit to make an earnest effort to leave her past behind. Berit has no hesitation at all in following this humble piece of advice. It is precisely in this manner that both Berit and Gosta embark on a successful journey to lead a happy, joyful life as companions for life. All of Bergman's film have a message to offer to audiences. Through "Hamnstad", he wishes to tell us all that being alone is a terrible feeling.

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