Lansberg, Olle, 1922- . Guldet och murarna -- Film and video adaptations, Mentally ill women -- Sweden -- Drama, Mothers and daughters -- Sweden -- Drama, Reformatories for women -- Sweden -- Drama

Port of Call

(Harbor City)


Nine-Christine Jönsson, Bengt Eklund, Berta Hall, Erik Hell,

The young and restless Bergman tries yet another filmic tradition with this human story in the neorealist mode: “I still had nothing of my own to offer. . . . I just grabbed helplessly at any form that might save me.” The result is a naturalistic city film, in which one finds the closest thing to overt social critique in Bergman’s entire oeuvre. Here the issues facing the young working-class girl Berit are a grotesquely hypocritical mother, a troubled past, difficulties building a future with her present lover, and a friend who dies after a back-alley abortion. Especially noteworthy in comparison with the other early Bergman films is the fact that the main characters choose a narrative resolution in real life instead of in some extra-social, extra-narrative space. The cinematographer who helped capture the grittiness of the waterfront milieu here is newcomer Gunnar Fischer, who became Bergman’s main photographer throughout the 1950s.

Mark Sandberg
  • Ingmar Bergman
Based On
  • the story “Guldet och murarna” (Gold and the Walls) by Olle Länsberg

  • Gunnar Fischer
  • Swedish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 99 mins
  • Janus Films

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Ingmar Bergman's magic lantern: life as art in retrospect (program note), Hopkins Center of Dartmouth College, Ulrike Rainer, 1988

Port of call (program note), Pacific Film Archive, Tom Luddy, 1975

Hamnstad (review), Monthly Film Bulletin, R.V. (Monthly Film Bulletin), 1959

Hamnstad (review), Variety, Winq., 1948

Port of call (distributor materials), Janus Films

Illuminating Ingmar Bergman (program note), Pacific Film Archive

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