Port Of Call (Harbour City) (Hamnstad)


(out of 5)

Early Ingmar Bergman film is the story of a troubled teenage girl who has recently been released from reform school and placed back in her miserable home with her domineering, unforgiving mother. She falls in love with a bold and dashing sailor, and the two of them have their limits put to the test when they try to escape the misery of their port town while her past lurks not too far behind. Bergman takes a while to get this one warmed up, a rare case of the director not doing well with dramatic pace, but even when it does finally get going, it’s never overly involving (mostly due to a dated, since-then overworked premise). It does feature a lot less cynicism than you would expect, as life turns out to have a few light ends to even its darkest tunnels. The performances are as excellent as they usually are under this masterful director, and his excellent dialogue overcomes the soap-opera trappings of the plot.

Svensk Filmindustri

Sweden, 1948

Directed by

Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman, based on the novel Guldet och Murarna by

Cinematography by

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Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by


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