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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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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
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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | War


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23 December 1968 (USA)  »

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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 »


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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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Le contrôle de l'univers (1998) See more »

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Beautiful and ugly
17 July 2005 | by (Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques, Norfolk, VA.) – See all my reviews

"Shame" ("Skammen") (Swedish, 1968): Definitely one of Ingmar Bergman's masterworks, with cinematography by Sven Nyquist (who did most of Bergman's, and some of Woody Allen's films). "Shame" is less symbolic than some of Bergman's works, and, an intense, psychological study of a married couple, Jan and Eva, (Max von Sydow & Liv Ullmann) who have their personal problems like anyone else, but suddenly find their otherwise quiet Swedish island life completely upset by a civil war. Faced with increasing losses and degradations, we watch them struggle not only against circumstances, but their own psyches. The number of "shames" depicted is huge. This story may have influenced Lina Wertmuller's film "Swept Away". Just a guess. "Shame" is an ULTIMATE in gorgeous b/w photography, and ugly psychological horror.

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