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A still from Crisis (1946)

Crisis

1946 | Sweden | 93 min
aka:
  • Kris
  • Watched on Sun Dec 13, 2020 via Criterion Channel
    B-: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Ingmar Bergman’s first feature. Inga Landgré plays Nelly, an 18-year-old girl raised by a piano-teacher in a small village. Nelly yearns for something more and sees an escape when her estranged mother arrives to claim her. But happiness eludes Nelly in the big city, where a complex triangle forms between her, her mother, and her mother’s gigolo boyfriend.

    Bergman’s debut proves modest but engrossing. His formal technique takes a back-seat to his casts’ engaging performances. I appreciated the refreshing lack of Hays-Code morality in the organic plotting. Contemporary Hollywood offerings feel artificial—almost childish—in comparison.

    But I confess, the day-for-night shots struck me as lazy until I realized Sweden has 18-hour summer days.

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