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).
The consensus among the critics was that Bergman was both artistically and emotionally engaged in Värnlund's play, and challenged by its juxtaposition of individual conviction and collective tragedy.
- Dagny Lind, The mother
- Curt Edgard, The son
- Sture Djerf, The brother
- Sally Palmblad, The girl
- Gun Adler, The girl's mother
- Sif Ruud, The sister-in-law
- Ilse-Nore Tromm
- Gustaf Hiort af Ornäs
- Marianne Lenard
- Börje Herner
- Anna Tretow, The first woman
- Anna-Stina Osslund, The second woman
- Estrid Hesse, The third woman
- Margareta Sjögren, The fourth woman
- Birgitta André, The fifth woman
- Agnes Svedbäck, The seventh woman
- Karin Lannby, The eighth woman
- Rudolf Värnlund , Author
- Ingmar Bergman, Director
- Gunnar Lindblad, Designer