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Release Date:
15 September 1974 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Ten years of Marianne and Johan's relationship are presented. We first meet them ten years into their marriage... See more »
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 13 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Marriage Is Dead, Long Live Love See more (40 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 3)

Liv Ullmann ... Marianne (6 episodes, 1973)

Erland Josephson ... Johan (6 episodes, 1973)
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Series Directed by
Ingmar Bergman (6 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Writing credits
Ingmar Bergman (6 episodes, 1973)

Series Produced by
Lars-Owe Carlberg .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist (6 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Film Editing by
Siv Lundgren (6 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Production Design by
Björn Thulin (6 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Costume Design by
Inger Pehrsson (6 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Makeup Department
Cecilia Drott .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Production Management
Lars-Owe Carlberg .... production manager (6 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Art Department
Gunilla Hagberg .... property master (6 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Sound Department
Arne Carlsson .... sound assistant (6 episodes, 1973)
Owe Svensson .... sound / sound engineer / ... (6 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Lars Karlsson .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Other crew
Anders Bergkvist .... other crew (6 episodes, 1973)
Ingmar Bergman .... speaker (6 episodes, 1973)
Ingrid Bergman .... other crew (6 episodes, 1973)
Stefan Gustafsson .... other crew (6 episodes, 1973)
Lars Hagberg .... other crew (6 episodes, 1973)
Adolf Karlström .... other crew (6 episodes, 1973)
Nils Melander .... laboratory technician (6 episodes, 1973)
Kent Nyström .... other crew (6 episodes, 1973)
Bo-Erik Olsson .... other crew (6 episodes, 1973)
Ulla Stattin .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 1973)
Siri Werkelin .... other crew (6 episodes, 1973)
 

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Also Known As:
"Scener ur ett äktenskap" - Sweden (original title)
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Runtime:
283 min | 169 min (theatrical version)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Finland:K-11 (TV version) (2003) (DVD) | Finland:K-12 (theatrical version) (1981) | Netherlands:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) | USA:PG | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
According to the interview with Ingmar Bergman, after the original TV mini-series version of the film was broadcast in Sweden, the divorce rate in Sweden increased substantially and the number of married couples who seek marriage consultants also doubled.See more »
Quotes:
Johan:You need to put a lot of effort into not caring.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Bergman Island (2004) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in B flat major, Op. 10, No. 1See more »

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58 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Marriage Is Dead, Long Live Love, 8 October 2004
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

I used to think that I knew a thing or two about marriage having been married for as long as I have but nothing from my experience had prepared me for the merciless and deep dissection of Marriage: Bergman Style. When we meet Johan and Marianne for the first time, they have been happily (or so it seems) married for ten years. They have two daughters; they are still young, very attractive, healthy, educated, well off, and they seem to love each other very much. But Bergman is not interested in happy families – all happy families are happy in the similar ways. Like Tolstoy many years before him, Bergman explores the second part of the formula – All unhappy families are unhappy in their unique ways.

Bergman and his leading actors Liv Ullmann and Arland Josephson give one of the most truthful, honest, heartbreaking and credible portraits of a couple, one of the most intense character studies ever done on film. For five hours, we share twenty years from the lives of Johan and Marianne as well as their love, hate, misunderstandings, insecurities, anger, jealousy, denial, sadness, pain, despair, and loss. We witness the moments of incredible tenderness and unexpected and shocking violence, both physical and mental. There are no depth that they have not descended in the search of themselves and the meaning of their relationship.

There are actually four marriages Bergman studies in "Scenes from a Marriage" –none of them is happy, all are miserable. Bergman does not deny the possibility of finding a soul mate but his opinion on the modern marriage is quite pessimistic.

It felt like Bergman was saying - marriage is dead, long live love. For hours after the film was over, I could not shake off the sadness and pessimism of it. Only later I realized that even if four marriages in Bergman's film were disastrous, it does not necessarily mean that all couples in the world are or have to be that miserable. Bergman wrote and directed Scenes from a Marriage in 1973 when he was in his 5-th marriage, the one that would last for 24 years until his wife died. He brought in the screenplay (I think so but I may be wrong) the bitterness, resentment, anger and disappointments from his previous four marriages - maybe that's why the film is sometimes almost impossible to watch?

"Scenes from a Marriage" is a masterpiece but it may leave you devastated and emotionally exhausted. I watched the original 5-hours TV version and did not even bother with three hours version. 10/10

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