All These Women
A Lesson in Love
Set in the classical music world, Bergman’s first film in color is a satire about pompous men and the women (Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson, and Eva Dahlbeck) who stroke men’s vanity while getting just what they want from them.
A philandering gynecologist (Gunnar Björnstrand) preens while his wife and daughter (Eva Dahlbeck and Harriet Andersson) carry the day in this comedy “notable among Bergman’s work for its freedom and spontaneity of invention, its emotional richness, warmth and generosity” (Robin Wood).
The redemptive power of music is Bergman’s central theme in this portrayal of an ambitious, mercurial violinist (Stig Olin), featuring the great Victor Sjöström as an orchestra conductor.
In Bergman’s first major work, a young writer’s encounters with a prostitute fulfill the declaration that begins the film: “Human life is an inferno.”