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Bibi Andersson, 1935–2019

In the clip above, Ingmar Bergman and Bibi Andersson are guests on a 1971 episode of The Dick Cavett Show. After talking to the famous director, Cavett turns to Andersson and she is a little nervous. But she does catch Bergman with what is most likely a lie, and it embarrasses him. You can tell how … Continue reading Bibi Andersson, 1935–2019

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

The Girls

Three actresses (Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson, Gunnel Lindblom) take the classic play ”Lysistrata” on the road, while subsequently dealing with the men in their lives. A feminist battle cry that wasn’t too well received at the time, but has nevertheless become a minor classic. The film blends scenes from the play with imaginary sequences and … Continue reading The Girls

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