Film Series : Bergman 100

Secrets Of Women

Kvinnors väntan / aka Waiting Women

1952, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 108 min. With Anita Björk, Maj-Britt Nilsson, Eva Dahlbeck.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jul 14th 5:15pm
  • Tue, Jul 17th 6:00pm

"The final story may well be the most amusing 20 minutes in the whole Bergman canon. Possibly even more striking, however, is the film's emotional centerpiece...[which] shows a masterful control of mood and an actress [Nilsson] at her intuitive best." - Trevor Johnston, Time Out London

This episodic film is a relatively light and engaging work, but it also represents a substantial early treatment of three of Bergman's enduring themes: the inevitable fading of passion, the battleground of married life, and the bonds between women. Waiting for their husbands to arrive at a holiday chalet, a group of women share their experiences in love. In the first tale, anticipating the cynical verve of SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT, a restless wife (Björk of MISS JULIE) provokes her husband by sleeping with an old sweetheart. In the second, reuniting the young lovers of SUMMER INTERLUDE, a young woman (Nilsson) has a Parisian fling with an artist (Birger Malmsten) that ends in the maternity ward. The third is a comic tour de force in which an estranged long-married couple (Dahlbeck, Gunnar Björnstrand) are forced to confront each other in a stalled elevator. In Swedish with English subtitles. New DCP digital restoration. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Ingmar Bergman film on any applicable Saturday in July, August, or September, and get a ticket for the second Bergman film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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