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From the Life of the Marionettes (1980)

Aus dem Leben der Marionetten (original title)
R | | Drama | TV Movie 30 June 1981
Made during Bergman's tax-related exile in Germany, the film continues the story of Katarina and Peter EGermann, the feuding, childless, professional couple who appear in one episode of "... See full summary »

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Martin Benrath ...
Professor Mogens Jensen
Rita Russek ...
Katarina Krafft
Lola Müthel ...
Cordelia Egermann
Walter Schmidinger ...
Tim Mandelbaum
Heinz Bennent ...
Arthur Brenner
Ruth Olafs ...
Nurse
Karl-Heinz Pelser ...
The Interrogator
Gaby Dohm ...
Frau Anders - Secretary
Toni Berger ...
The Guard
Erwin Faber ...
The Servant
Heino Hallhuber ...
The Choreographer
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The Assistant in the fasion show
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Made during Bergman's tax-related exile in Germany, the film continues the story of Katarina and Peter EGermann, the feuding, childless, professional couple who appear in one episode of "Scenes From A Marriage." After Peter perpetrates a horrendous crime in its first scene, the rest of the film consists of a non-linear examination of his motivations, incorporating a police psychological investigation, scenes from the EGermanns' married life, and dream sequences. Written by Owen F. Lipsett <olipset1@swarthmore.edu>

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Inspired by the film project "Love without lovers" Bergman tried to realize for many years. With the story of Peter and Katarina in the center, it instead became a piece of television drama. See more »

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Tim Mandelbaum: I had a dirty conscience. I blame my homosexuality for it.
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A complex dissection of a murder and a murderer, told by jumping back and forth in time, before and after the event, A deeply disturbing portrait of a man and a society so cut off from feeling that violence seems almost inevitable.

While more divided in public reaction then some of Bergman's most beloved works, I think this edgy, bold, uncomfortable film ranks close to some of his best work. While there are moments of pretension, there's also a lot of human and psychological complexity (and wonderful acting) in this bleak exploration of how near murder and madness lie to any of us.


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