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).

It is one of Bergman's early films, and essentially a drama about young relationships told in flashbacks by a group of women. However, as it came to be afterwards: the most memorable part of the film is the humorous elevator-scene between actors Gunnar Björnstrand and Eva Dahlbeck (a scene that was written as a kind of sketch). This scene was Bergman's first attempt at comedy in film. He later stated it was this scene that made him realize he could write comedy at all, which many say he repeated more successfully in the films A Lesson in Love (1954) and Smiles of a Summer Night (1955).

Since its release, Secrets of Women, while not regarded as one of Bergman's strongest efforts, has nonetheless received positive reviews from film critics.



Secrets of Women holds a 100% approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, based on six critics.[1]


  1. ^ "'Secrets of Women' on RT". Rotten Tomatoes. 

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