A Ship Bound for India


Release Date 1947-09-22
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A Ship Bound for India

A Ship Bound for India is a 1947 Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman. It was originally released as A Ship to India in the United Kingdom and Frustration in the United States. The screenplay was written by Bergman, based on the play by Martin Söderhjelm. The film tells the story of the past of the character Johannes, and his relationships with his cruel father, his mother, and his father's mistress with whom Johannes falls in love. The movie contains sequences of despair and anguish. Birger Malmsten, who plays the lead character Johannes and who will be seen in several later Bergman films, is immensely likable and compelling as the hunchback son who finally stands up to his despotic father. The film is about the relationships within a family, a subject with which Bergman often dealt in later films, and uses other common devices of Bergman such as the hard father figure or the silence and cruelty of God. The film was entered into the 1947 Cannes Film Festival.

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Actors & Characters

Gertrud Fridh Gertrud Fridh Sally Sally
Birger Malmsten Birger Malmsten Johannes Blom Johannes Blom
Anna Lindahl Anna Lindahl Alice Blom Alice Blom
Holger Löwenadler Holger Löwenadler Kapten Alexander Blom Kapten Alexander Blom
Ingmar Bergman Ingmar Bergman Man wearing a beret at the funfair Man wearing a beret at the funfair
Naemi Briese Naemi Briese Selma Selma
Hjördis Petterson Hjördis Petterson Sofi Sofi
Lasse Krantz Lasse Krantz Hans Hans
Jan Molander Jan Molander Bertil Bertil
Erik Hell Erik Hell Pekka Pekka


Göran Strindberg Cinematography
Ingmar Bergman Director
Tage Holmberg Editor
Erland von Koch Music
Lorens Marmstedt Producer
Ingmar Bergman Writer
Martin Söderhjelm Writer