Theatre, 1939

Lucky Per's Journey

Bergman's focus was on the moral content of the play, the core of which lay in the advice given to the little figure: 'Here one gets nothing without work. Work, Per, and be honest!'
'Romanticised, pathetic production [...] with drawn-out emotional moments and Sturm-und-Drang-like gestures.'
Gunnar Ollén, SFP-bladet

Reviews and comments

Both Naima Wifstrand and Bertolt Brecht attended the performance and expressed their gratitude in letters.

Wifstrand:

'[...] Before I end, a piece of advice. Simplify your acting style! Beware of the false theatrical!!'

Brecht:

'[I had a] strong impression of the seriousness, the evident idealism and also the talent of the actors, especially in the smaller parts.

Sources

  • The Ingmar Bergman Archives.
  • Birgitta Steene, Ingmar Bergman: A Reference Guide (Amsterdam University Press, 2005).
  • Birgitta Steene, Ingmar Bergman and the Arts, Ingmar Bergman's First Meetings with Thalia (Nordic Theatre Studies, Volume 11, 1998).

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