Theatre, 1943

U-boat 39

U-boat 39, written by a pacifist in 1939 shortly before the outbreak of the war, depicts the aftermath of a submarine accident, with women waiting at the submarine base for information about their loved ones on board the sunken boat.

'A young aesthete with more of a sense of style than of what people are made of on the inside.'
Herbert Grevenius

About the production

Three days after the premiere, Swedish U-boat Ulven (The Wolf) exploded and 33 people were killed.


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