Blu-ray Disc - 2014 | Swedish | Blu-ray version.
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A nurse put in charge of an actress who can't talk finds that the actresss's persona is melding with hers.
Audience: OFA rating: R.
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Publisher: [Irvington] : Criterion Collection, 2014.
Edition: Blu-ray version.
ISBN: 9781604658125
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Perso
Characteristics: video file,Blu-ray
1 videodisc (83 min.) : digital, sound, black and white ; 12 cm.
Language Note: In Swedish dubbed in English.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


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Sep 11, 2017

Although slow and art house to the core, the movie kept me engrossed due to its intensity. In the end, I had no clue what it meant really. Left me kind of floored. It was my first Ingmar and it will take me some time to try his next.

Mar 21, 2017

Truly a masterpiece. One of the most thought-provoking films ever made from Swedish master, Ingmar Bergman. The acting in this film is unreal. Liv Ullman is able to do so much with silence. Truly an incredible film.

Vincent T Lombardo Apr 10, 2016

A very powerful, disturbing, and riveting film about infatuation, betrayal, and the devastating power of silence. (The use of silence reminded me of another great film, "Le Silence de la Mer" or "The Silence of the Sea", a French film released in 1949.) The movie is very challenging because it is bleak and often blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Is a character really saying or doing something, or is the character imagining saying or doing something? Of course, it is only a movie, so the whole thing is fantasy, right? The acting is incredible, especially Bibi Andersson, who shows great range. It is certainly not an entertaining, feel-good movie. Very thought- provoking and not for everyone.

Feb 21, 2015

This is a 1966 Swedish film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman and starring Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann.
The story revolves around a young nurse named Alma (Bibi Andersson) and her patient, a well-known stage actress named Elisabet Vogler (Liv Ullmann), who has suddenly ceased to speak.
It has been labelled a psychological drama and modernist horror.
It deals with the themes of illness, bleakness, death and insanity.
Although considered as one of the major works of the 20th century by essayists and critics and as Bergman's masterpiece, this film seems to me a flop simply because it is a bleak and insane story about the sick woman.
Even if you could understand this sick woman, what good would it give to you? and how could the film improve your life?
The film simply describes the otherworldly insight of a sick woman.

Oct 15, 2012

I hated this movie. It's simply a horrible film. Overrated, pretentious, artsy-fartsy garbage. I felt like I was watching one of Bergman's home movies, dosed with a bad impromptu script. The key to comprehending this atrocious piece of crap is simple. Bergman got to play with two beautiful Scandinavian women in the name of 'art' (one of whom he was intimately involved with -- Liv Ullman). Add a burning Buddhist monk, and drive a nail through a hand for shock value, and all the beatnik ding-dongs of the day (and beyond!) considered him genius. Utter nonsense.

Jun 21, 2011

It's been 25 years since I last saw it, and I might not attempt an explanation anyways. But if you're interested in Bergman, try Sawdust and Tinsel, Smiles of a Summer Night, or Fanny and Alexander, all in the library. These are much more accessible and considered to be among his best films. The library also has his Scenes from a Marriage -- originally a five-hour series on Swedish t.v. It's amazing. The streets of Stockholm were empty every night it was on. Then watch one of his last films, Saraband, which shows the same married couple 30 years later. Very intense.


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Oct 15, 2012

Elisabeth Vogler, The Actress: "Nothing... nothing!"

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