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Prison (Devil's Wanton) (Fängelse) UK Dvd (1949)
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    Single Disc [2006]

  • Format: Black & White, PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jun 2006

    'Bergman displays a keen appetite for innovative expression' - TIME OUT

1949, 98 MINS, BW, SWEDEN

  • Director: Ingmar Bergman
  • Writer: Ingmar Bergman
  • Release Date: 4 July 1962 (USA)


  • Doris Svedlund ... Birgitta Carolina Soederberg
  • Birger Malmsten ... Thomas
  • Eva Henning ... Sofi
  • Hasse Ekman ... Martin Grande
  • Stig Olin ... Peter
  • Irma Christenson ... Linnea
  • Anders Henrikson ... Paul
  • Marianne Löfgren ... Mrs. Bohlin
  • Bibi Lindqvist ... Anna
  • Curt Masreliez ... Alf
  • Britta Holmberg ... Birgitta's Mother in Dream (voice)


Only a year after experiencing his first taste of studio success with Music in Darkness, Ingmar Bergman set about making an even more challenging picture and was forced to work with a massively reduced budget.

Based in and around a movie studio this experimental and intriguing picture is essentially a film within a film. A director is told by one of his old professors that the world is in the dominion of the devil, and decides to make the claim the subject of his latest picture. He then passes the idea onto a young journalist who is coincidently going through his own personal hell with his prostitute girlfriend and her violent pimp.

This is a fascinating film, not only for its thematic tussle between the attraction of suicide and the comfort of faith, but for its many stylistic endeavors.

Made very cheaply and using sets from another movie, it made no profit but enhanced Bergman's reputation in Sweden. However, he had to wait six years for Smiles of a Summer's Night to make his name internationally.


Official UK release.

Dvd Features:

    ~ Star and Director filmographies
    ~ Scene Selection
    ~ Bergman Trailers
    ~ Film Notes by Philip Strick

Condition: Used.

  • Price: £49.99 (UK Sterling) (UK / Europe / Australia Postage Inclusive)

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    Dec. 16: back in stock. 'Used - very good'. All these Bergman titles are hard to find titles and I've had to look hard and pay top price just to get a couple on the market - hence the price.

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