Crisis ★★★½

One of the most fascinating aspects of being a film lover is seeing how some of the most beloved filmmakers started their career. Ingmar Bergman's debut, Crisis, deals with themes that would become staples in his long and illustrious career - isolation, sacrifice, faith, etc. He conceives his characters with passion and empathy and that ends up being the film's best quality. Dagny Lind and Inga Landgre are the first of Bergman's muses. The language they speak and ways of expression are full of beauty. While it is quite dated and lacks the artistic depth and experimental mastery that he would become renowned for, the potential greatness is there and just waiting to erupt. And by the end of the film he has obtained a magnificent grasp of his style and moral intentions.