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|DREAMS (JOURNEY INTO AUTUMN) (KVINNODROM) (director/writer: Ingmar Bergman; cinematographer: Hilding Bladh; editor: Carl-Olov Skeppsledt; music: Stuart Görling; cast: Eva Dahlbeck (Susanne), Harriet Andersson (Doris), Gunnar Björnstrand (Otto Sönderby, Consul), Ulf Palme (Henrik Lobelius), Inga Landgré (Marta Lobelius), Sven Lindberg (Palle), Kerstin Hedeby-Pawlo (Marianne); Runtime: 86; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Rune Waldekranz; Embassy Home Entertainment; 1955-Sweden-in Swedish with English subtitles)|
the gravitas of the director's more powerful latter psychological
dramas but, nevertheless, shows-off his technical skills."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Early obscure Ingmar
Bergman ("The Magic Flute"/"Wild Strawberries"/"Thirst") film that didn't make much of an
impression on me. It lacks the gravitas of the director's more powerful
latter psychological dramas but, nevertheless, shows-off his technical
skills. It has something to
say about career women, desires, perversity, adultery and oppressive
relationships, but is too vague to get across anything more than the
obvious--it's a bummer not to have the proper mate to share your dreams.
Susanne Frank (Eva Dahlbeck)
owns a successful model agency in Stockholm, and her top model is the
naive 20-year-old Doris (Harriet Andersson
). On a photo-shoot in Gothenburg, Susanne arranges to meet after work
with her estranged married businessman lover Henrik Lobelius (Ulf
Palme). Meanwhile Doris goes window-shopping, and the elderly effete
consul, Otto Sönderby (Gunnar Björnstrand), lusts after the
youth's beauty. To win her over, the dirty old man buys her an
expensive gown, a necklace and shoes, takes her on a roller-coaster
ride and brings her back to his luxurious home. While the object of his sex desires feels
sorry that the old coot's wife has been in an asylum the last 23 years,
she refuses to let the effete gentleman into her pants. Things become
upsetting when his estranged daughter (Kerstin Hedeby-Pawlo), around
the same age as Doris, comes home to get money and tempers flare over
their strained relationship. When Doris shows late for the photo-shoot,
she's fired. Later when the wormy Henrik shows up at Susanne's hotel to
tell her their year-old affair is finished and he must keep up
appearances because he's a respected businessman, Henrik's wife (Inga
Landgré) bursts in on the two woeful lovers and gives them both
a piece of her mind. Henrik shows himself to be a coward, his wife
tactless (telling how hubby's business has gone sour and she has the
family's money), while a humiliated and disillusioned Susanne realizes
her dreams of marriage and raising a family can't be fulfilled with
this dud. Back in Stockholm the career girls reunite, as Doris takes up
again with her jealous boyfriend Palle (Sven
Lindberg) she dumped before going on the shoot. Doris dreams of celebrity and riches, so
you know the relationship with the lackluster Palle is doomed from the
start. But, as she says, at least he's cute.
None of it touched me as a Bergman film I cared to remember.
REVIEWED ON 6/4/2010 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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