Writings, 1942

[Notes on Katinka]

Bergman’s adaptation and requisite notes on the Umeå author Astrid Väring’s novel Katinka, from the same year. It was never made into a film.

About the text

While Väring is the author of the text, the margin notes are pure Bergman, as well as much of the adaptation. For example, the trope of a mirror showing something other than the reflection of the viewer should seem familiar:

She stands there a while, gazing into her odd, dented little mirror before going to bed. But tonight, it’s not her own face she sees.

It is the pale visage of an unfamiliar man – a boy – that the glass of the mirror reveals.