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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 »
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(115 articles)
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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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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: Marianne says she is going to go swimming at the old house, but when she returns her hair does not appear to be wet.See more »
Quotes:
Isak Borg:[under his breath, while preparing for his journey] Honorary Doctor! They might as well appoint me Honorary Idiot.See more »
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Soundtrack:
KUNGLIGA SOEDERMANLANDS REGEMENTES MARSCHSee more »

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97 out of 121 people found the following review useful.
First Bergman, 22 January 2003
Author: SanTropez_Couch

During the first scene of "Wild Strawberries," I didn't think I'd be able to get through it -- the Swedish was so alien to me it sounded almost comical; it seemed as if every word ended with an "eer" sound. But quickly the beautiful black and white photography caught my eye and I was drawn into Isak Borg's story, or rather, his self-examination.

The progression of the film is fantastic. Early in the film, Isak has an apparition within a dream and the small events leading up to it, within the dream, are quite brilliant. Throughout the rest of the film there are dreams and recollections; newly discovered secrets of the past that Isak sees for the first time. As he says in the film, "Dreams, as if I must tell myself something I won't listen to when I'm awake."

How Bergman shows us the characters is terrific. It's a like a relaxed puzzle that doesn't emphasize any sort of urgency to figure things out. The story unfolds beautifully as we get a deeper sense of Isak, who I assume is an alter ago of Ingmar Bergman at that stage of his life (he was thirty-nine when the film was released).

It pains me to know that the majority of people my age would rather watch an Adam Sandler movie or "The Rock" than something like this. Hey, I liked "Big Daddy" and I love Nicolas Cage, but "Wild Strawberries" is one of the few films I've seen that could possibly change the way I live my life. I'm always interested in listening to what aged people have to say about their own life because, well, it can only give me tips about my own, and that's what this film does in a way.

There is one sequence in the film that is frightening and "arty," and I don't completely grasp what it means beyond Isak's deterioration and his realization of how people actually feel towards him (he's told earlier in the film as well, but he seems to accept this "verdict" more readily), but it doesn't take away from the film; rather, it's an interesting addition to an otherwise satisfying experience. In fact, it's probably the most vital part of the movie -- Isak may not like it, bbut once he gets past it, he has the option to develop.

I don't know if the film is a masterpiece -- it's my introduction to Bergman, so once I see "Cries and Whispers," "Fanny and Alexander," "Persona" and "The Seventh Seal" (if I can get through it, this time) I'll come back to this film with a new perspective, or at least see it as a part of Bergman's whole. I do think this is a great film of its type. It's the kind of film that may require viewings every five or so years, as a sort of reminder.

Pauline Kael once said that she didn't think much of Bergman because she'd done her share of soul-wrestling and it wasn't that difficult. The film isn't as challenging as I was expecting it to be, in fact, it's a walk in the park. It's pleasant and rich and beautiful, and the title seems perfect after you've seen the film. It's all about wild strawberries.

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