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A still from Prison (1949)

Prison

1949 | Sweden | 79 min
aka:
  • The Devil's Wanton
  • Fängelse
  • Watched on Monday Feb 1, 2021 via DVD
    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    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.

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