Bergman Film of the Week: Waiting Women

In 2018 Ingmar Bergman would have turned 100. On this page we will present a Bergman film every week, all through the centennial year. This week’s film is Waiting Women (AKA: Secrets of Women. Original title: Kvinnors väntan)

“Ingmar Bergman had not directed a feature since the fiasco of High Tension. All he had done in the meantime was co-write a screenplay and direct a handful of commercials. What he needed, quite simply, was to set things right. Bergman in ‘Images: My Life in Film’:

‘The idea for the film came from my wife at the time, Gun Hagberg. Before we met, she had married into a large family with a big summer place on the Danish island of Jylland. Gun told me how one evening the women of the clan remained sitting at the table after the evening meal and how they began to really talk to each other. With great openness they spoke of their marriages and their loves. I thought this an excellent framework for a film consisting of tree stories. My financial situation after the production standstill forced me to sign a second-rate (to put it mildly) contract with Svensk Filmindustri. I was painfully aware that I had to come up with a successful film. In other words, a comedy seemed an absolute necessity. Such a comedy was manifested in the third episode of the film: Eva Dahlbeck and Gunnar Björnstrand in the elevator. For the first time, I heard an audience laugh at something I had created. Eva and Gunnar had experience in comedy and knew exactly the many ways to skin a cat. That this little comedy routine in the narrow space of the elevator was funny is completely thanks to them.'”

The above text is taken from, the web site of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation. At the bottom of this page there is a link if you would like read more about the Bergman film of the week at this source.

Bergman Film of the Week

Here you will find a link to the Bergman film of the week in the Swedish Film Database. Other productions Ingmar Bergman was involved in around the same time may also appear in this list.

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