Theatre, 1951

The People of Värmland

The first of two productions Bergman directed of F A Dahlgren's popular play, this time in which the radio adaption was produced along with famous Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg.

'Quick, instigating and skillful.'
Sven Stolpe, Aftonbladet

About the production

The piece, a musical drama from the 1800s which was traditionally aired around Christmastime in Sweden, received mixed reviews regarding Bergman's direction. The play takes place in Värmland, a province in central Sweden, and Bergman used a dialect coach to train the actors in the correct accents. Some critics found it artificial; others praised the local dialect.

An anonymous listener described Bergman as an 'image magician and experimentalist', and Sven Stolpe in Aftonbladet found it 'quick, instigating and skillful', with cinematic scenes.


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