Theatre, 1950

Divine Words

Bergman returns to Gothenburg City Theatre after a year away with the first Swedish staging of Spanish playwright Ramón María del Valle-Inclán's macabre Goya-inspired burlesque.

'Moralists from across the city, unite! Here some things are said and done!'
Elis Andersson, GP

About the production

The stage setting foreshadowed the desert procession in Bergman's TV film Fanny and Alexander more that 30 years later, with its cavalcade of beggars, itinerant performers and pilgrims traversing the Iberian landscape.

This was termed both a sensational and trying production. The critical consensus was that Bergman had achieved a visual tour de force. 'One's eyes are busy all evening long, watching more or less impassioned images, [...] a strange series of wild and nauseous, painful and solemn scenes. [...]"


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


  • Kolbjörn Knudsen, Septimo Mjau
  • Ulla Malmström
  • Maria Schildknecht, Juana the beggar
  • Herman Ahlsell, Laureano
  • Yngve Nordwall, Pedro Gailo
  • Karin Kavli, Mari-Gaila
  • Maria Siöstrand, Simonina
  • Berta Hall, Marica del Reino
  • Hjördis Petterson, Rosa la Tatula
  • Claes Thelander, Miguelín el Padrones
  • Benkt-Åke Benktsson, Bailiff
  • Erland Josephson, Blind man from Gondar
  • Folke Sundquist, Lemon water salesman
  • Ulf Johanson, The pilgrim
  • Ulla Jacobsson, The girl saint
  • Richard Mattsson, The girl saint's father
  • Lisa Lundholm, Neighbour
  • Håkan Jahnberg, Serenín de Bretal
  • Ove Tjernberg, Soldier
  • Ingrid Borthen, Ludovina
  • Lars Barringer, Milón de la Arnoya
  • Bror Follin, Quintín Pintado
  • Berth Söderlund, Gendarm
  • Arthur Hultling, Gendarm
  • Ramón María del Valle-Inclán, Author
  • Roman Maciejewski, Music
  • Nils Larson , Musicians (guitar)
  • Käthie Strohmeier-Strandberg, Musicians (guitar)
  • Ingmar Bergman, Director
  • Carl-Johan Ström, Designer
  • Ivar Harrie, Translation