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Shame (1968)

Skammen (original title)
R | | Drama, War | 23 December 1968 (USA)
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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Eva Rosenberg
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Jan Rosenberg, Evas man
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Filip, gerillaledare
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överste Jacobi, borgmästare
Birgitta Valberg ...
fru Jacobi
Hans Alfredson ...
Fredrik Lobelius, antikhandlare
Ingvar Kjellson ...
Oswald, lärare i förhörslokalen
Frank Sundström ...
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Ulf Johansson ...
Läkaren i förhörslokalen
Vilgot Sjöman ...
Tv-intervjuaren
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 ...
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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SEK 2,800,000 (estimated)
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The film project was originally entitled "Kriget" ("The War"). During the re-writing of the script it was changed to "Skammens drömmar" ("Dreams of Shame"). The final title emerged when the film turned out to be less dreamy than it was originally intended. See more »

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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 »

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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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Bleak but essential
18 July 2005 | by (Liverpool, UK) – See all my reviews

A gruelling watch, but one of Bergman's finest films. Interesting to compare this with The Hour of the Wolf, as both feature the same lead actors as artists (or an artist and his wife) who have taken sanctuary on an island. In the earlier film it's largely inner demons that lead to von Sydows disintegrating personality (at least that's how I read it) whereas here it's very much circumstances beyond his control.

Much has been written about the unsympathetic central characters, particularly von Sydow's. For me there are flashes of a good (if flawed) man early in the film, but one who copes badly with adversity. The flaws become all that is left as his humanity is gradually eroded by one horror after another.

I watched A Passion (Ullmann and von Sydow on their island again) soon after this, and was amazed to recognise many of the same locations. And then there's a dream sequence...


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