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.

Sources

  • The Ingmar Bergman Archives.

Collaborators