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The Human Voice (1966)

A monologue of a woman talking on the phone with her longterm lover who is about to marry another girl.

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A monologue of a woman talking on the phone with her longterm lover who is about to marry another girl.

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4 May 1967 (USA)  »

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The 'Flaxman 4924' number that the woman asks the operator to call would have been in Chelsea (London). Later in real life Ingrid Bergman lived and died in Chelsea. See more »

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Version of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) See more »

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Universally Magnificent...
17 May 2007 | by (amsterdam) – See all my reviews

Another gem from that amazing 'BROADWAY THEATRE ARCHIVE', which brings superb stage performances of so many stars into our homes (what a pity though the USA DVD's have no -English or H.O.H.- subtitles).

Here the suave icon Ingrid Bergman enthralls in a solo-performance; we all know she is a fantastic actress, but in the 50 minutes of this one act play she completely grips the viewer and never lets go.

Next to the actress only a telephone is of importance, a dangerous apparatus since it is a device that changes the fastest in these modern times. By going back in time (this play was recorded in '66 and written well before that) the telephone must give the piece a dated feeling to it; on the other hand, in a modernized version the actress might well be using a mobile phone with the signal strength faltering occasionally, without hurting the consensus of the original play.

This televised play was aired and recorded in 1966, and it shows. Nothing terribly dodgy or weak, but the image isn't crisp and camera work isn't brilliant either.

But all that is of no importance, since Grand Dame Bergman will captivate and magnetize you !! Sweden meets France (by way of the superb play by Jean Cocteau) in an American production. It's in encounters like these true beauty can be found...


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