Scenes from a Marriage (1973)
"Scener ur ett äktenskap" (original title)

TV Mini-Series  |  PG  |   |  Drama
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Ten years of Marianne and Johan's relationship are presented. We first meet them ten years into their marriage. He is a college professor, she a divorce lawyer. They say that they are ... See full summary »

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 Marianne (6 episodes, 1973)
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 Johan (6 episodes, 1973)
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 Eva (2 episodes, 1973)
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Ten years of Marianne and Johan's relationship are presented. We first meet them ten years into their marriage. He is a college professor, she a divorce lawyer. They say that they are happily married - unlike their friends Katarina and Peter who openly fight, especially when under the influence of alcohol - but there is a certain detached aloofness in the way they treat each other. In the next ten years, as they contemplate or embark upon divorce and/or known extramarital affairs, they come to differing understandings at each phase of their relationship of what they truly mean to each other. Regardless of if it's love or hate - between which there is a fine line - they also come to certain understandings of how they can best relate to each other, whether that be as husband and wife, friends, lovers or none of the above. Written by Huggo

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$150,000 (estimated)
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Ingmar Bergman has given options to the actors and crews to choose between receiving salary or percentage share from the TV series profit. Liv Ullmann chose salary since the earlier movie Cries & Whispers (1972) of Bergwan was financial failure, while Erland Josephson and other crews chose percentage share. Scenes from a Marriage (1973) ended up being internationally popular and financially successful. and according to the interview with Liv Ullmann, this was one of the things she regretted in her life. See more »

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Johan: Affection shouldn't be kept just for vacations.
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Crazy Credits

The end titles are not shown on-screen, but are read by director and writer Ingmar Bergman, while "a beautiful picture of Fårö" is shown (different for each episode). Ingmar Bergman himself is in fact not credited at all. For the theatrical version, traditional on-screen credits were used, starting with "A film by Ingmar Bergman". See more »

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Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in B flat major, Op. 10, No. 1
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Written by Tomaso Albinoni
A short extract is played during the very beginning and end of each episode (it's not featured in the theatrical version)
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A Meaningful Film
23 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Enormous success it had with audiences of Swedish TV, where it was shown in six episodes paved way for its theatrical release. This however called for compromising almost half the original length of celluloid.

As one of more easily understandable Bergman films, "Scenes From A Marriage" met much enthusiasm on both sides of the Atlatic.

The film showcases great two of Ingmar Bergman's favorite actors. Both Liv Ullman and Erland Josephson give lively mature performances, lauded by critics.

Being a down-to-earth family drama with strong social commentary of great relevance, "Scenes From A Marriage" has something important to convey. It is a meaningful picture.

It reflects on the nature of relationship between man and woman. It invites us to ponder on this basic issue, a cornerstone of human society Although not quite in the same league with bona-fide Bergman classics like "The Seventh Seal" and "Persona", "Scenes From A Marriage" remains a powerful movie.


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