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Director:
Writer:
Ingmar Bergman (written by)
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Release Date:
22 June 1959 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 12 wins & 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(115 articles)
Film Review: Sachs' Latest Comparable to Bergman, Godard, De Sica
 (From Alt Film Guide. 23 August 2014, 10:29 PM, PDT)

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Ingmar Bergman
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Bergman's Masterpiece Confronts us with the Important Question. See more (131 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Victor Sjöström ... Dr. Isak Borg

Bibi Andersson ... Sara

Ingrid Thulin ... Marianne Borg

Gunnar Björnstrand ... Dr. Evald Borg
Jullan Kindahl ... Agda
Folke Sundquist ... Anders
Björn Bjelfvenstam ... Viktor
Naima Wifstrand ... Mrs. Borg, Isak's Mother
Gunnel Broström ... Mrs. Alman
Gertrud Fridh ... Karin Borg, Isak's wife
Sif Ruud ... Aunt Olga
Gunnar Sjöberg ... Sten Alman / The Examiner

Max von Sydow ... Henrik Åkerman
Åke Fridell ... Karin's lover
Yngve Nordwall ... Uncle Aron
Per Sjöstrand ... Sigfrid Borg
Gio Petré ... Sigbritt Borg
Gunnel Lindblom ... Charlotta Borg
Maud Hansson ... Angelica Borg
Ann-Marie Wiman ... Eva Åkerman
Eva Norée ... Anna Borg
Lena Bergman ... Kristina Borg, twin
Monica Ehrling ... Birgitta Borg, twin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Göran Lundquist ... Benjamin Borg
Josef Norman ... Professor Tiger
Gunnar Olsson ... Bishop
Vendela Rudbäck ... Elisabeth - Mrs. Borg's Housemaid
Per Skogsberg ... Hagbart Borg
Peder Hellman ... Sigbritt's Baby (uncredited)
Ulf Johansson ... Mr. Borg - Isak's Father (uncredited)
Helge Wulff ... The Manager (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ingmar Bergman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ingmar Bergman  written by

Produced by
Allan Ekelund .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Erik Nordgren 
Göte Lovén (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Gunnar Fischer 
 
Film Editing by
Oscar Rosander 
 
Production Design by
Gittan Gustafsson 
 
Costume Design by
Millie Ström 
 
Makeup Department
Nils Nittel .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gösta Ekman .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Karl-Arne Bergman .... property master
 
Sound Department
Aaby Wedin .... sound
Sven Rudestedt .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Lennart Wallin .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Huch .... still photographer (uncredited)
Björn Thermænius .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Katinka Faragó .... script girl (as Katherina Faragó)
Sven Sjönell .... location manager
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Smultronstället" - Sweden (original title)
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Runtime:
91 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Canada:PA (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:Unrated | Netherlands:12 (video rating) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | South Korea:12 (2012) | South Korea:15 (2002) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Ingmar Bergman has described in the interview how he came up with the idea while driving from Stockholm to Dalarna, stopping in Uppsala where he had been born and raised, and driving by outside his grandmother's old house, when he suddenly began to think about how it would be if he could open the door and inside it would be just as it had been during his childhood. "So it struck me - what if you could make a film about this; that you just walk up in a realistic way and open a door, and then you walk into your childhood, and then you open another door and come back to reality, and then you make a turn around a street corner and arrive in some other period of your existence, and everything goes on, lives. That was actually the idea behind Wild Strawberries (1957)"See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The front license plate on the VW disappears when untying the rope.See more »
Quotes:
Marianne Borg:You're a coward.
Dr. Evald Borg:Yes. This life sickens me. I will not be forced to take on a responsibility that will make me live for one day longer than I want to. And you know that I mean what I say.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.227" (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
UNDER ROENN OCH SYREN / BLOMMANDE SKOENA DALARSee more »

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38 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Bergman's Masterpiece Confronts us with the Important Question., 22 November 1998
Author: Gene Giguere from Greece

In Ingmar Berman's film masterpiece Smultronstallet (or ‘Wild Strawberries' B&W, 1957), the protagonist, an elderly professor who is facing death, has to come to face to face with a long life that has failed to answer the important questions. He is old now and faced with his own inadequacy and impotence.

Bergman introduces three young people into the drama to introduce life's most important question – that of the existence of God. The old man gives them a ride. One of the young men is thinking about becoming a parson; the other argues that God doesn't exist. The old man offers no opinion to the debate. He is silent, but it is a loud silence. It's a silence that reveals an amazing dimension of loss – the loss of year upon year of not coming to terms with this all-important question.

In one of the final scenes, Bergman masterfully closes in tight on the aged face of Professor Isak Borg (played by Victor Sjostrom). In that shot, we can see the whole universe in his eyes and all of its cares in the bags beneath them. Only Bergman could have directed that scene – only him. It makes Smultronstallet one of the most important films ever made. That one scene, better than any other that I know, captures ‘loss' on celluloid for all future generations to witness. If you see it, you may find yourself having to look away.

The imagery in Smultronstallet is unparalleled, except by Bergman's own Sjunde inseglrt, Det (The Seventh Seal, 1957). Look for the handless watch, the corpse wagon, the sparseness of the first scene, the car windows turning to black – ominous signs are everywhere. Notice the clues that point to Bergman's existential philosophy (the twins write a song for a deaf man – as futile as Sisyphus' labor!) and the redemption themes (Izak pierces his hand as he looks into the window, or the line: `A doctor's first duty is to ask for forgiveness.'). Notice also the outright defiance of the divine presence that he has bred into his son (`I will not be forced to live one day longer than I want to.').

Izak is ready to die, but it seems that, for him, life is more forbidding than death. He is a living corpse, dead already in nearly every way. All of these factors conspire to create a masterwork of pure art, and one that gets richer with each repeated viewing.

The film is also cathartic in the sense that Greek drama was cathartic – a warning to the men of ancient Greece to avoid the tragic flaw that undoes the hero - and may be a fateful knock on the door of your undoing as well. Have we answered the question that Izak has not? If not, Izak is us. Look hard - very hard - at Izak. Do you like what you see? To quote a line from the film: `Is there no mercy?' `Don't ask me.' I hope that all of us will fare better when confronted with the film's important question.

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