Theatre, 1950

Divine Words

Bergman returns to Gothenburg City Theatre after a year away with the first Swedish staging of Spanish playwright Ramón María del Valle-Inclán's macabre Goya-inspired burlesque.

'Moralists from across the city, unite! Here some things are said and done!'
Elis Andersson, GP

About the production

The stage setting foreshadowed the desert procession in Bergman's TV film Fanny and Alexander more that 30 years later, with its cavalcade of beggars, itinerant performers and pilgrims traversing the Iberian landscape.

This was termed both a sensational and trying production. The critical consensus was that Bergman had achieved a visual tour de force. 'One's eyes are busy all evening long, watching more or less impassioned images, [...] a strange series of wild and nauseous, painful and solemn scenes. [...]"


  • The Ingmar Bergman Archives.
  • Birgitta Steene, Ingmar Bergman: A Reference Guide, (Amsterdam University Press, 2005).