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Crisis (1946) – A work that helps us to recognize true and sustainable values

May 30, 2019
Based on a play by Danish playwright Leck Fischer, Crisis (1946) – The film marks Ingmar Bergman being officially known to the public as a director. True to the title Crisis, the film revolves around the conflicts, crashes, and crises of the heroine Nelly (played by Inga Landgré) when she was 18 years old.

The main character is put in a situation where he is forced to choose between his adoptive mother Ingeborg (played by Dagny Lind) as a piano teacher who loves her and her biological mother Jenny (played by Marianne Lofgren) the owner of a beauty salon. Two mothers are typical for two different lifestyles: one is simplicity, warmth, full of sacrifice and one is luxury, frivolity, selfishness. In the director’s perspective, these two lifestyles characterize two spaces associated with the character: the province and the city. The first half of the movie mainly focused on showing that collision through the director’s character creation into symmetrical pairs: Ingeborg – Jenny, Ulf – Jack. Nelly, despite loving her adoptive mother, she could not resist the intense call of excitement, newness, romance always urged from the young soul. The prom is a climax of this passage. The music was slow, the manly, elegant man became boring to Jenny, Jack and even to Nelly. Daring action, witty words and the sound of the trumpet and drums that Jack brings, creating a culture school different from singing and piano. In the end, Nelly decided to go to town with her mother. The director created the situation for Jack, Nelly and Jenny to sit in the same cabin. This is a confrontation between people who have complicated relationships with each other: Jack makes love mistaken age with Jenny, Nelly has feelings for Jack. The smile of Jenny and Jack fills the whole scene, creating a sense of anxiety, confusion and obsession with the pitfalls of new lands with new people … creating a cultural school different from singing and piano. In the end, Nelly decided to go to town with her mother. The director created the situation for Jack, Nelly and Jenny to sit in the same cabin. This is a confrontation between people who have complicated relationships with each other: Jack makes love mistaken age with Jenny, Nelly has feelings for Jack. The smile of Jenny and Jack fills the whole scene, creating a sense of anxiety, confusion and obsession with the pitfalls of new lands with new people … creating a cultural school different from singing and piano. In the end, Nelly decided to go to town with her mother. The director created the situation for Jack, Nelly and Jenny to sit in the same cabin. This is a confrontation between people who have complicated relationships with each other: Jack makes love mistaken age with Jenny, Nelly has feelings for Jack. The smile of Jenny and Jack fills the whole scene, creating a sense of anxiety, confusion and obsession with the pitfalls of new lands with new people …

Crisis is classified in the melodrama genre with plot characteristics built on emotional crisis, or love failure, or exploiting a wobbly, troublesome situation. Ingmar Berbmar’s work is almost full of familiar stereotypes. However, he did bring back some scenes and scenes showing how to exploit privately and creatively. When describing Ingeborg’s state of delirium, the close-up shot helps convey a specific, vivid character. The superposition of tactics shows the effort to “visualize” the inner world, hidden in the psychological depth. In the past, the mother’s face and especially the image of the train tracks moving at a speed as if they wanted to roll over all of the wobbly music in the music created the tension, compressed to suffocate, frustrated. Another impressive stage is that the night Jack came to find Nelly in the salon. People talk a lot about how to design the surrounding mirror room and have many mannequin models. It evokes an atmosphere of barbaric, frightening. Jack is an artist, he advocates living for himself, “self-infinity” (narcissism). Jack conquered Nelly by the ability to understand women. The potential conflict at the beginning of this explosion broke out when Jenny witnessed her lover and daughter together. The selfish biological mother who always wanted to control and control all the facial features Jack pushed him to the crisis and committed suicide. The grotesque nature of this scene lies in the sound of laughter emanating from the theater next to the intrusion of crying miserably. More than ever, the characters and the audience feel a cold, grim, frigid, and lacking human city world. he advocated living for himself, “narcissism”. Jack conquered Nelly by the ability to understand women. The potential conflict at the beginning of this explosion broke out when Jenny witnessed her lover and daughter together. The selfish biological mother who always wanted to control and control all the facial features Jack pushed him to the crisis and committed suicide. The grotesque nature of this scene lies in the sound of laughter emanating from the theater next to the intrusion of crying miserably. More than ever, the characters and the audience feel a cold, grim, frigid, and lacking human city world. he advocated living for himself, “narcissism”. Jack conquered Nelly by the ability to understand women. The potential conflict at the beginning of this explosion broke out when Jenny witnessed her lover and daughter together. The selfish biological mother who always wanted to control and control all the facial features Jack pushed him to the crisis and committed suicide. The grotesque nature of this scene lies in the sound of laughter emanating from the theater next to the intrusion of crying miserably. More than ever, the characters and the audience feel a cold, grim, frigid, and lacking human city world. The selfish biological mother who always wanted to control and control all the facial features Jack pushed him to the crisis and committed suicide. The grotesque nature of this scene lies in the sound of laughter emanating from the theater next to the intrusion of crying miserably. More than ever, the characters and the audience feel a cold, grim, frigid, and lacking human city world. The selfish biological mother who always wanted to control and control all the facial features Jack pushed him to the crisis and committed suicide. The grotesque nature of this scene lies in the sound of laughter emanating from the theater next to the intrusion of crying miserably. More than ever, the characters and the audience feel a cold, grim, frigid, and lacking human city world.

The film ends with a motif typical of the genre: happy-end. Nelly returned to the embrace of her beloved mother, found her sincere happiness with Ufl and the peaceful life of the town. The story of moving in a closed loop to bring balance and peace. The departure point is also the same as in most conventional narrative structures that help the director clear the crisis, establish order – something we will no longer see in the trend of the New Italian reality film (such as the series). movie “The thief bicycle” in the previous issue was introduced).

It can be said that Crisis is a work that helps us to recognize true and sustainable values ​​in the middle of the period when the city became an obsession for changes, wobbles, and faults. And the family and the countryside are like refuge places of peace – the last holy place of personality ….

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