Grave and witty by turns, Dreams develops into a probing study of the psychology of desire. Susanne (Eva Dahlbeck), head of a modeling agency, takes her protégée Doris (Harriet Andersson) to a fashion show in Göteborg, where Susanne makes contact with a former lover, and Doris finds herself pursued by a married dignitary (Gunnar Björnstrand). With its parallel narratives and subtle compositions, this film marked a transition between Ingmar Bergman’s early explorations of affairs of the heart and the more somber and virtuosic masterpieces to come later in the fifties.

Film Info

  • Sweden
  • 1955
  • 87 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • Swedish

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Eva Dahlbeck
Harriet Andersson
Gunnar Björnstrand
Consul Otto Sönderby
Ulf Palme
Mr. Henrik Lobelius
Inga Landgré
Mrs. Lobelius
Benkt-Åke Benktsson
Mr. Magnus
Sven Lindberg
Palle Palt
Kerstin Hedeby
Ingmar Bergman
Rune Waldekranz
Hilding Bladh
Carl-Olov Skeppstedt
Production design
Gittan Gustafsson
Makeup department
Sture Höglund
Assistant director
Hans Abramson
Olle Jacobsson


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The Swedish auteur began his artistic career in the theater but eventually navigated toward film—"the great adventure," as he called it—initially as a screenwriter and then as a director. Simply put, in the fifties and sixties, the name Ingmar Bergman was synonymous with European art cinema. Yet his incredible run of successes in that era—including The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and The Virgin Spring, haunting black-and-white elegies on the nature of God and death—merely paved the way for a long and continuously dazzling career that would take him from the daring “Silence of God” trilogy (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, The Silence) to the existential terrors of Cries and Whispers to the family epic Fanny and Alexander, with which he “retired” from the cinema. Bergman died in July 2007, leaving behind one of the richest bodies of work in the history of cinema.