Cinema: Early Bergman

Night Is My Future. It isn't actually plagiarism. It's just that love's young dream, the way romantic young men like to dream it, often as not has more or less the same silly plot as Jane Eyre. This time the romantic young man is Ingmar Bergman, and the dream is dreamed in a movie he made in 1947—in parts the most puerile, as a whole the most heart-warming picture so far sent to the U.S. by the saturnine Swede.

Like the heroine of Charlotte Brontë's novel, Bergman's heroine is a shy young servant (Mai Zetterling) who falls in love with her...

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