Feature Film, 1964

All These Women

When a famous cello virtuous dies his following of beauitful women go into mourning and his biographer has a change of plans.

"[I]t is of interest when a director of genius moves from art to trickery, from the artistic to the quirky. Yet one may confidently state that it is the most indifferent, in the sense of being the least absorbing, film he has created."
Gunnar Unger in Svenska Dagbladet

About the film

Ingmar Bergman's first colour film is a light-hearted comedy co-written with actor Erland Josephson. The film revolves around the critic Cornelius – Jarl Kulle playing one of his many Don Juan characters – who is writing a biography of the famous cello virtuous Felix. When the grand artist dies his following of beauitful women go into mourning and Cornelius has a change of plans.

Bergman writing on the genesis of the film in Images: My Life in Film

'All These Women had been made solely in order to earn money for Svensk Filmdustri. That it became great, calculated gimmick from beginning to end is another story. In the The Magic Lantern, I wrote: 'Sometimes considerably more courage is required to put on the brakes than to fire the rocket. I lacked this courage and realized, only too late, what kind of film I should have made.'

Around this period, Bergman was involved with a 'Colour Film School', which had already resulted in The Pleasure Garden, and other projects. He and his team carried out various experiments prior to settling on the colour scale for All These Women. However, it is quite possible that Bergman's disappointment with the results, combined with the lukewarm reception given to the film by the critics, was a contributing factor to why several years were to pass before he would once again venture into colour. Even as late as 1976 he was considering shooting The Serpent's Egg in black and white.

Sources

  • The Ingmar Bergman Archives.
  • Ingmar Bergman, Images: My Life in Film.

Collaborators

  • Jarl Kulle
  • Bibi Andersson
  • Harriet Andersson
  • Eva Dahlbeck
  • Karin Kavli
  • Gertrud Fridh
  • Mona Malm
  • Barbro Hiort af Ornäs
  • Allan Edwall
  • Georg Funkquist
  • Carl Billquist
  • Jan Blomberg
  • Göran Graffman
  • Jan-Olof Strandberg
  • Gösta Prüzelius
  • Ulf Johanson
  • Axel Düberg
  • Lars-Erik Liedholm
  • Lars-Owe Carlberg
  • Doris Funcke
  • Yvonne Igell
  • P.A. Lundgren, Art Director
  • Peter Wester, First Assistant Cameraman
  • Lars Johnsson, First Assistant Cameraman
  • Tage Sjöborg, Boom Operator
  • Gerhard Carlsson, Gaffer
  • Nils Nordling, Gaffer
  • Svante Björklund, Gaffer
  • Ivar Almér, Gaffer
  • Wilhelm Almqvist, Gaffer
  • Sven Nykvist, Director of Photography
  • Ulla Ryghe, Film Editor
  • Bertha Sånnell, Assistant Costume Designer
  • Max Goldstein, Costume Designer
  • Per-Olof Pettersson, Production Mixer
  • Erland Josephson, Screenplay
  • Olle Jakobsson, Re-recording Mixer
  • Charles Redland, Music Composer
  • Erik Nordgren, Music Composer
  • Yngve Söderlund, Key Grip
  • Gustav Wiklund, Key Grip
  • Rune Håkansson, Key Grip
  • Allan Ekelund, Production Manager / Production Coordinator
  • Lenn Hjortzberg , Assistant Director
  • Karl-Arne Bergman, Property Master
  • Katinka Faragó, Script Supervisor
  • Börje Lundh, Make-up Supervisor
  • Britt Falkemo, Make-up Supervisor
  • Cecilia Drott, Make-up Supervisor
  • Evald Andersson, Sound Effects
  • Harry Kampf, Still Photographer
  • Ingmar Bergman, Screenplay