Walpurgis Night

  • 1941
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A fairly controversial film at the time, WALPURGIS NIGHT deals with the scandal of abortion. Bergman plays the loyal secretary of businessman Hanson, whom she loves from afar. Hanson is married to Carlsson, a cold and unemotional woman who refuses to bear children because she fears the effects pregnancy and childbirth would have on her body. Much to her...read more

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A fairly controversial film at the time, WALPURGIS NIGHT deals with the scandal of abortion. Bergman plays the loyal secretary of businessman Hanson, whom she loves from afar. Hanson is married to Carlsson, a cold and unemotional woman who refuses to bear children because she fears the

effects pregnancy and childbirth would have on her body. Much to her dismay, Carlsson becomes pregnant and decides to have an abortion rather than tell her husband, who would gladly welcome a child. Unfortunately, the abortionist's medical records fall into the hands of a blackmailer and he comes

calling on Carlsson. There is a struggle for the papers and Carlsson accidentally shoots the blackmailer. Unable to deal with the crisis, Carlsson kills herself. Soon the whole scandal is splashed across the newspapers, even the one owned by Bergman's father, Seastrom. Hanson, seeking solace from

the publicity, joins the Foreign Legion. Bergman waits faithfully until Hanson returns and marries him, bearing several children and finally giving Hanson the happiness he was denied.

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