[...] merely the statement of a talented artisan rather than that of an original, creative artist."A.H. Weiler in The New York Times
About the film
The storyline of Dreams is set in Göteborg, for example at the Liseberg amusement park, and spans a mere 24 hours. Dreams is a serious comedy about dreams and awakening, about people's inability to reach out to one another.
The film came about as a compensation to Anders Sandrew who had against "his better judgement" produced Sawdust and Tinsel, a film shunned by every other producer and which had fulfilled their every expectation by failing dismally at the box office. Even though Bergman naturally did his best, there's no escaping the fact that he approached the subject matter without much enthusiasm.
Dreams was the last Swedish film of the 1950s that Bergman did not produce for Svensk Filmindustri (SF). After this one, he chose to return to SF.
- The Ingmar Bergman Archives.
Confesión de pecadores (Argentina)
Frauenträume (West Germany)
Journey into Autumn (Great Britain)
Naisten unelmia (Finland)
Rêves de femmes (France)
Sny zen (Czech Republic)
Sogni di donna (Italy)
Sonhos de mulheres (Portugal)
Sueños de mujer (Uruguay)
Zenskie grezy (Soviet Union)
Production country: Sweden
Distributor in Sweden (35 mm): Sandrew-Bauman Film
Production company: Sandrew-Produktion
Aspect ratio: 1,37:1
Colour system: Black and white
Sound system: Optical mono
Original length (minutes): 87
Age limit: 15 years and over
Length: 2385 metres
Release date: 1955-08-22, Grand, Stockholm, Sweden, 87 minutes
Sweden (1954-06-15-1954-08-04) (34 days of shooting) (1955-02-22-1955-02-25) (complementary shooting)
AB Sandrew-Ateljéerna, Stockholm
Hotell Göteborg, Göteborg
Gröna Lund, Stockholm
Title: Music in the Night
Composer: Ludo Philipp (Alias)
Singer: Harriet Andersson
Comment: Also instrumental (record CBL 35 A).
Titel: Lenas tema
Composer: Stuart Görling (1954)
Comment: Instrumental (from the film "Flicka utan namn" 1954).
Titel: Charlie boogie Alternative title: Charles boogie
Composer: Charles Norman (Alias) (1941)
Instrumentalist: Charles Norman (Alias)
Comment: Record Sonora 527 (1941).
Titel: Too Late for Tears
Composer: Charles Pierre, Richard Thorpe
Comment: Instrumental (record CBL 41 A).
Palle: You're obsessed with clothes, your career, luxury. The only thing you care about is your reflection.
Otto: Maybe I've rigged a trapdoor? Am I a bloodsucking vampire? Or do I have a henchman inside, ready to attack you?
Doris: No, but ...
Otto: One does not accept gifts from older men. But let's be the first to break that silly convention.
Doris: Alright, if you insist.
Otto: Thus speaks a brave woman.
Susanne: That girl's always annoyed me with her laziness. I know her kind. Men, clothes and sex. No sense of honesty. No ambition to learn. They just want the high life.
Otto: I must have slipped on something. Don't know what. It's very unpleasant. Please forgive. How ridiculous. I'll get up in a minute.
Doris: Who's the beautiful girl?
Otto: It's my wife.
Doris: Is she dead?
Otto: She's been in a mental hospital for 23 years, ever since she gave birth. She thought her baby girl had a wolf's head.
Doris: That daughter is your only child?
Otto: Yes, my only child.
Doris: Sarabande. Bach.
Doris: You shouldn't be giving me things, cause we'll never meet again and you'll regret it tomorrow.
Otto: Why do you hate me so terribly, Marianne? Tell me.
Marianne: Our house has always been filled with rows over money. It's your special perversion. You're so tight with money, it's sick. But I don't hate you. You disgust me. I find you ridiculous and repulsive.
Susanne: Good bye, Henrik.
Henrik: We shouldn't see each other again. It gets too complicated. We couldn't cope with it. We mustn't lose face.
Susanne: You're right. Keeping face is important.
Marta: Before you and Henrik met, I was terribly jealous. I made Henrik suffer for it a lot. I was so afraid to lose him. Then I lost him. That burnt out my jealousy. It's as simple as that.
Magnus: Not someone making demands, I hope.
Susanne: No, just someone begging me for help.
Magnus: Well, charity must stop somewhere, especially with today's taxes.
Susanne: You have to say no at some point.
A fashion director, Susanne (Eva Dahlbeck), and her top model, Doris (Harriet Andersson), journey from Stockholm to Gothenburg for a shoot. While there, Susanne attempts a reconciliation with a married lover. The flighty Doris becomes involved with a wealthy gentleman (Gunnar Björnstrand) who senses that she can be bought: drawn to the innocence of youthful materialism, he becomes lost in a funhouse of desire that leaves him first weakened, then sickened, then, as he began, alone. For her part, the girl has her first real encounter with possession. Susanne is a study in obsession as played by a Kim Novak-like Dahlbeck-too blond, too statuesque, lost in interior pursuit of the past. Her train ride to Gothenburg relates in purely cinematic terms the emotional journey that lies ahead, one very similar to the old man's. Bergman uses his cinema of reflection-self and other are met and merged in mirrors, windows-to show love as a function of projection: only desire, never its object, is worthy of the effort.
- Eva Dahlbeck
- Harriet Andersson
- Gunnar Björnstrand
- Ulf Palme
- Inga Landgré
- Benkt-Åke Benktsson
- Sven Lindberg
- Kerstin Hedeby-Pawlo
- Naima Wifstrand
- Renée Björling
- Ludde Gentzel
- Git Gay
- Gunhild Kjellqvist
- Axel Düberg
- Marianne Nielsen
- Jessie Flaws
- Bengt Schött
- Viola Sundberg
- Tord Stål
- Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt
- Richard Mattsson
- Per-Erik Åström
- Inga Gill
- Maud Hyttenberg
- Curt Kärrby
- Folke Åström
- Asta Beckman
- Ninni Arpe
- Margaretha Bergström
- Elsa Hofgren
- Millan Lyxell
- Inga Rosqvist
- Greta Stave
- Ella Welander
- Gerd Widestedt
- Ingmar Bergman
- Siv Ericks
- Gösta Prüzelius
- Sigvard Törnqvist
- Gertie Löweström
- Gittan Gustafsson, Art Director
- Bertil Wiktorsson, First Assistant Cameraman
- Gösta Björck, Boom Operator
- Hilding Bladh, Director of Photography
- Lars-Owe Carlberg, Unit Manager
- Carl-Olov Skeppstedt, Film Editor
- Olle Jakobsson, Production Mixer
- -, Music Composer
- Keddy Jansson, Key Grip
- Gunnar Jónsson, Key Grip
- Rune Waldekranz, Line Producer
- Hans Abramson, Assistant Director
- Sven Björling, Property Master
- Katinka Faragó, Script Supervisor
- Sture Höglund, Make-up Supervisor