Shame (1968)
"Skammen" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  23 December 1968 (USA)
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Ingmar Bergman's psychological study of how humans react in a situation of war. The film takes place on Gotland, where invasion forces arrive.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eva Rosenberg
Jan Rosenberg, Evas man
Sigge Fürst ...
Filip, gerillaledare
överste Jacobi, borgmästare
Birgitta Valberg ...
fru Jacobi
Hans Alfredson ...
Fredrik Lobelius, antikhandlare
Ingvar Kjellson ...
Oswald, lärare i förhörslokalen
Frank Sundström ...
Ulf Johansson ...
Läkaren i förhörslokalen
Vilgot Sjöman ...
Bengt Eklund ...
vakten på Jacobis expedition
Gösta Prüzelius ...
Kyrkoherden i förhörslokalen
Willy Peters ...
En äldre officer
Barbro Hiort af Ornäs ...
Kvinna i flyktingbåten
Agda Helin ...


During civil war, two musicians retreat to a rural island to farm. They are apolitical; a neighbor sometimes gives them a fish; wine is a luxury. They love each other, but there are problems: the war upsets Jan, he is weepy, too sensitive; Eva wants children, he does not. The war suddenly arrives: rebels attack, neighbors die. When the other side restores order, Jan and Eva are arrested as collaborators. After frightening and roughing them up, the local colonel releases them; then he begins appearing at their farmhouse: to talk or to pursue Eva? He gives her money. The rebels return; chaos ensues. Jan becomes violent and murderous; they flee. Can they escape? If so, to what? Written by <>

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Although generally regarded as being one of Ingmar Bergman's finest films, the director himself was largely unhappy with the film. In his book "Images: My Life in Film", Bergman wrote that he felt the script was uneven, resulting in a poor first half. See more »


Eva is not wearing any socks when Jacobi arrives but several times during his visit she can be seen wearing a couple of black socks and no socks at all again. See more »


Eva Rosenberg: Sometimes everything seems just like a dream. It's not my dream, it's somebody else's. But I have to participate in it. How do you think someone who dreams about us would feel when he wakes up. Feeling ashame?
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Referenced in Shame: The Search for Humanity (2004) See more »

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28 June 2005 | by (Milwaukee, WI) – See all my reviews

I don't recall a film which so deftly shows the emotional destruction of war, as mirrored in one single marital relationship. The focus of the film is the union between Ullman and Von Sydow--the two are in every scene. Through the course of the film, they experience a role reversal--one has the strength of survival and the other is reduced to emotional escapism through dreams. Both will lose a measure of humanity, but one to a greater degree than the other. The characters and the viewer go through periods of fluctuation in regards to closeness--the camera pulls out and away, sound disappears, words are lost, only for the camera to return to painterly closeups of its facially expressive stars. The confusion and fluctuation may make this film hard for some viewers, but this is all purposeful under the master hand of Bergman. I think the use of a "fake" war makes the film timeless, as relevant today as ever before, and by focusing on the human relationship through war, makes the film relevant to everyone. The pair could be anyone. The film is not grounded in place or time, but rather in emotion. A unique and effective war film, unlike any other. Bergman's films are virtuosic in presenting human relationships--that he would bring this to a war film is masterful.

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