Secrets of Women

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Secrets of Women
Kvinnors vantan poster.jpg
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Produced by Allan Ekelund
Written by Ingmar Bergman
Gun Grut (story)
Starring Anita Björk
Eva Dahlbeck
Maj-Britt Nilsson
Birger Malmsten
Gunnar Björnstrand
Karl-Arne Holmsten
Jarl Kulle
Aino Taube
Håkan Westergren
Cinematography Gunnar Fischer
Edited by Oscar Rosander
Distributed by AB Svensk Filmindustri (SF)
Release dates
3 November 1952
Running time
103 min
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

Secrets of Women (Swedish: Kvinnors väntan; also known as Waiting Women) is a 1952 Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman. It was screened within the official selection of Venice Film Festival (1953).

The film is one of the director's early films and is basically a drama about young relationships told by a group of women (in flashbacks). However, as it came to be afterwards: the most memorable part of the film is the funny elevator-scene between actors Gunnar Björnstrand and Eva Dahlbeck (a scene that was written as a kind of sketch and is almost pure comedy). That scene became Bergman's first try at comedy on film; and he later stated that it was that very scene that made him realize he could write comedy at all (which he more successfully showed a few years later in films A Lesson in Love, 1954, and Smiles of a Summer Night, 1955), and he was inspired for his later script-writing in the comedy genre by the scene in this film.


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