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My 12 Favorite Ingmar Bergman Movies

It’s the year of Ingmar Bergman. The master filmmaker would have been 100 years old and his legacy has been celebrated all year, far beyond Sweden’s borders. He remains one of my favorite directors – few others have been able to penetrate our deepest and darkest emotions in such frequently powerful ways. Bergman’s films have … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Ingmar Bergman Movies

Scenes From a Marriage: Through Thick and Thin

The same year as Ingmar Bergman released his excellent Cries and Whispers he also ventured into television. His first miniseries attracted huge audiences in Sweden and inspired intense discussions. The following year, the episodes were edited into a 168 min. long feature intended for international audiences. Garnering great reviews, the miniseries was also shown in … Continue reading Scenes From a Marriage: Through Thick and Thin

Wild Strawberries: Down Memory Lane

Going back to my original review of The Seventh Seal (1957), I was a little surprised at not even having mentioned Wild Strawberries. I described The Seventh Seal as a film that changed Sweden as a moviemaking country, and I still consider it one of the top ten greatest movies ever made. But it’s pretty … Continue reading Wild Strawberries: Down Memory Lane

Miss Julie: A Midsummer Nightmare

In 1888, when August Strindberg offered a Stockholm publisher his new play “Miss Julie”, he added a warning: “I ask you not to refuse it too easily because you may regret it”. He was refused nevertheless, likely due to the play’s frank dialogue. In the end, Strindberg did agree to a few changes made by … Continue reading Miss Julie: A Midsummer Nightmare