Agnes, daughter of the goddess Indra, has come to Earth to learn about what it means to be human. She meets many people in her journey. The figures that guide her most are Alfred, an officer who becomes a doctor; Axel, the lawyer that she weds, and the poet who may be the author of her dreams. What she observes and experiences makes her pity mankind.
This made-for-television film constituted Bergman’s first production of Strindberg’s A Dream Play – a play he would revisit three times more. Gunnar Ollén’s Malmö crew was behind this, for its time, prestigious and costly theatre production, involving more than 40 actors and no less than 75 extras.
Director: Ingmar Bergman.
Writer: August Strindberg (play).
Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Uno Henning, Allan Edwall, Olof Widgren, John Elfström, Maude Adelson, Ragnar Arvedson, Einar Axelsson, Julie Bernby, Carl Billquist, Ingrid Borthen, Helena Brodin, Märta Dorff, Elsa Ebbesen, John Elfström, Signe Enwall.
Rare Bergman! A mighty big thank you, Jon!!!
Very cool! Cheers Jon!
Powerful work for Swedish television powerful as much for Bergman’s work as Strindberg’s play. Thank you Jon!
Wow–thank you for the upload, Jon. With a background in East-West religion, spirituality, psychology and social justice movements, I found this to be a powerful, eloquent, and deeply sensitive work, full of empathy for the plight of humanity. I’ve seen 8 or 9 superb Bergman films, but this was my first introduction to a Strindberg play–and now am perusing the classic 1913 biography on him (archived at Project Gutenberg) by L. Lind-Af-Hageby: “August Strindberg: The Spirit of Revolt.” (It’s as extremely eloquent as its human subject– the famous Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist, social critic and painter.)
“A Dream Play” was considered Strindberg’s most poetic, philosophic and compassionate works. That’s certainly on display here.