The Psychotronic Film Society and Connect Savannah present a 101st Birthday Tribute to INGRID BERGMAN – The Forgotten B&W Drama THE FOUR COMPANIONS (1938, Germany)
One screening: 7 p.m.
Cost: $10 (includes your choice of Candy or Snack)
Running Time: 96 minutes
Language: In spoken German with English Subtitles
The PFS of SAV is putting on a very special event at Muse to celebrate the 101st Anniversary of the birth of iconic, Oscar-winning Swedish actress INGRID BERGMAN.
We’ll offer an extremely rare, one-show-only screening of one of Bergman’s most obscure, yet enjoyable feature films: the 1938 German-made drama DIE VIER GESELLEN aka THE FOUR COMPANIONS.
Based on a well-received stage play of the time, and directed by the talented-yet-infamous CARL FROELICH (who is best known for later serving as one of the main filmmakers responsible for the Nazi propaganda machine), this picture concerns four graduates of an industrial design school who team up to form a small business, leading the main graduate to focus all her attention on the new company, rather than marry her dashing former instructor.
It has never been released theatrically in the USA, and likewise has never been made available on any home video format here in the states. As a result, it is rather unknown to even most devoted fans of Bergman’s work – many of whom have no idea she ever made a film in which she spoke fluent German!
This is, in fact, the only film in which Bergman speaks German, as do the rest of the cast. It was made primarily as a vehicle to launch her as a movie star in that country, but within a few months, WWII was raging.
Bergman quickly relocated to the USA just a year after THE FOUR COMPANIONS was made, and this film – despite being an extremely well-made and entertaining motion picture – was essentially forgotten.
The PFS has finally obtained a beautiful, fully restored and uncut print of the film, and will show it in the original German (with English subtitles, of course). It is likely the only chance anyone in this area will ever have to see this motion picture on the big screen as the filmmakers intended.
One-show-only, at 7 p.m. Your ticket price includes one Candy or Snack item of your choice. Fresh organic popcorn and a wide variety of soft drinks and bottled water will also be available at low prices.