Rational, exacting, and self-controlled theater director, Henrik Vogler, often stays after rehearsal to think and plan. On this day, Anna comes back, ostensibly looking for a bracelet. She is the lead in his new production of Stindberg's "A Dream Play." She talks of her hatred for her mother, now dead, an alcoholic actress, who was Vogler's star and lover. Vogler falls into a reverie, remembering a day Anna's mother, Rakel, late in life, came after rehearsal to beg him to come to her apartment. He awakes and Anna reveals the reason she has returned: she jolts him into an emotional response, rare for him, and the feelings of a young woman and an older man play out. Written by
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The plan was to rehearse for three weeks and then have Sven Nykvist
film the results. However, the plan quickly went awry with the production beset by problems, mainly because Ingmar Bergman
and his acting troupe simply sent too long agonizing over every line and how to deliver them. See more
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