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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

Prison

(Fängelse)
1949 | Sweden | 79 min | More...
A still from Prison (1949)
  • Watched on D+: 2 stars (out of 5)
    on Mon Feb 1, 2021 via DVD

    Bergman’s first feature from his own screenplay. An ambitious movie-within-a-movie following a writer, played by Malmsten, who falls for a prostitute, played by Svedlund. Bergman proffers a dark—bordering on nihilistic—point of view throughout and flexes his formal muscles in an extended dream sequence. The result didn’t resonate—the dream sequence felt pretentious—but I appreciated the uncompromising vision. The scene where Malmsten and Svedlund laugh at a silent film’s inanity to escape their own misery proved a standout.