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The Heavenly Play (1942)

Himlaspelet (original title)
Mats Ersson is engaged to Marit and they plan to get married in the spring. But when the plague comes, the people accuse Marit of witchcraft. She is sentenced to death. Mats can not ... See full summary »

Director:

Alf Sjöberg

Writers:

Rune Lindström (play), Rune Lindström (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rune Lindström ... Mats Ersson
Eivor Landström ... Marit Knutsdotter
Anders Henrikson ... Our Lord
Holger Löwenadler ... King Salomo
Gudrun Brost ... King Salomo's mistress
Arnold Sjöstrand ... Juvas Anders, painter
Emil Fjellström ... Gammel-Jerk
Nils Gustafsson Nils Gustafsson ... Blind man at the road
Hugo Björne ... profet Elias
Torsten Winge ... Jonas
Erik Hell ... Jon Persson
Åke Claesson ... Profet Jeremiah (as Åke Claeson)
Björn Berglund ... Josef
Inga-Lilly Forsström Inga-Lilly Forsström ... Virgin Mary (as Inga Lilly Forsström)
Lisskulla Jobs ... Peasant woman
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Mats Ersson is engaged to Marit and they plan to get married in the spring. But when the plague comes, the people accuse Marit of witchcraft. She is sentenced to death. Mats can not understand the divine justice and decides to go to paradise and ask God himself. It becomes a journey where he meets the prophets, king Solomon and finally God himself. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A man searches for God in the Swedish countryside.
29 July 2009 | by kobe8lalSee all my reviews

I was programmer of my college film club at St. John's College in Annapolis and showed Road to Heaven in the late fifties. It was well received. The hero's quest to find and confront God for his wife's death was obviously an influence on Bergman. I can't remember why I chose the film. We must have been doing a Scandinavian festival. We also showed Dryer's Ordet, Days of Wrath, Joan of Arc, and an early Bergman. Of Days of Heaven I have sharp memories of the beautiful folk art on the walls of the houses, a beautiful score and glorious b/w cinematography. It is a shame it's not on DVD. Perhaps there is one in Sweden. If so it's worth getting it.


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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

8 October 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.37 : 1
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