Theatre, 1947

The Waves

This radio performance, based on a new play by Gustaf Sandgren, met with positive reviews.
'We meet the young couple as they build their home, the building blocks are many: carpets, porcelain, clothing.'
The play's structure is repeated in many of Bergman's subsequent films.

About the production

Sandgren's play deals with a woman choosing between two men with opposing life perspectives - one who feeds his imagination, the other with a more down-to-earth, realistic approach. 

'We meet the young couple as they build their home, the building blocks are many: carpets, porcelain, clothing. He finds himself trapped within a cycle. In order to build a house one needs money, which one gets through compromise, which undermines one's faith in life, and without faith, love dies...'

Director Bergman was praised for avoiding his usual impetuousness. No recording has been saved.

Sources

  • The Ingmar Bergman Archives.

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