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After the Rehearsal (1984)

Efter repetitionen (original title)
R | | Drama | TV Movie 9 April 1984
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 ... See full summary »

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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Ingmar Bergman found the experience of making After the Rehearsal (1984) so draining that he renounced film-making altogether. This of course did not last and he continued making TV projects up until his death in 2007. See more »

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Intelligent, intellectual examination of theater and reality
28 May 2012 | by (US) – See all my reviews

A very theatrical piece (literally), made for Swedish television, this is essentially a 3 character play, all taking place on stage after a rehearsal of Strindberg's 'Dream Play'.

Erland Josephson – wonderful as always – is the most blatant stand in for Bergman himself in any of Bergman's films. He plays an aging director examining his art, his career, and mostly how those interacted with his relationships, through dialogues with two actresses; a younger played by Lena Olin, and an older played by Ingrid Thulin. Thulin plays Olin's now dead mother, who once played the same role the younger woman is now working on for the director.

What is fantasy, dream or reality stays intentionally muddy. A lot of the ideas here are interesting and complex, but it does stay (for me) very much a play of concept and intellectual philosophical exploration, without a lot emotion.

My favorite of Bergman's works are those (Like Fanny and Alexander, Scenes From a Marriage, Cries and Whisper, Sarabande, etc.) that combine Bergman's intellectual rigor with human emotion,

But 'After the Rehearsal' is still an admirable exploration of its themes, and I wouldn't mind returning to it yet again. As is almost always the case with Bergman, reactions are very individual, and there are many who think this is one of his masterpieces.


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