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Shame (1968)
"Skammen" (original title)

 -  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:
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Eva Rosenberg
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Jan Rosenberg, Evas man
Sigge Fürst ...
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 ...
Förhörsledaren
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 ...
Handlarfrun
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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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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 »

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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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The Process of Brutalization of a War
27 June 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The apolitical musicians Eva (Liv Ullmann) and Jan Rosenberg (Max von Sydow) have been married for seven years and live in a small farm in a remote island to escape from a civil war in the continent. They provide lingenberry to a couple of costumers to raise some money and buy some supplies. They love each other and Eva is twenty years old and wants to have a baby but the reluctant Jan, who is a weak and sensitive man, does not want to have children. When the rebels arrive in the island, their peaceful and calm lives turn to hell, and they get in the middle of accusations from both sides. When Colonel Jacobi (Gunnar Björnstrand) stalks Eva, Jan changes his behavior and becomes a brutal man, and the love and affection they feel for each other change to hatred and indifference.

"Shame" is an antiwar movie by the master Ingmar Bergman focused by the eyes of a couple of artists that are apolitical and does not listen to the news, but when the war arrives to their lands, they have their love, friendship and affection destroyed by the senseless soldiers. Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow have top-notch performances as usual and I do not recall seeing the breast of Liv Ullmann in any other movie. The process of brutalization of the pacific and sensitive Jan Rosenberg by the war is impressive and the bleak open conclusion is pessimist and adequate to the dramatic story. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Vergonha" ("Shame")


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