The story of Ingmar Bergman's parents. How they fell in love, married against the wishes of their families, and had a difficult marriage and life in rural Sweden. Bergman's father was a ...
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The story of Ingmar Bergman's parents. In 1909, poor, idealistic theology student Henrik Bergman falls in love with Anna Åkerbloom, the intelligent, educated daughter of a rich family in ... See full summary »
Max von Sydow
The film switches back and forth between the adventures of Pu on a summer holiday in Norrland in Sweden and and the adult Pu visiting his father who lives in an old people's home. Little Pu... See full summary »
Five conversations frame a flawed marriage in this film written by Ingmar Bergman about his parents. Guilt-ridden wife Anna (Pernilla August) divulges an extramarital affair to a priest, ... See full summary »
Max von Sydow,
Marianne, some thirty years after divorcing Johan, decides to visit her ex-husband at his summer home. She arrives in the middle of a family drama between Johan's son from another marriage and his granddaughter.
Inventor Carl Åkerblom is a rosy-cheeked 54 year-old admirer of Franz Schubert - and a patient in the psychiatric ward of Akademiska Hospital in Uppsala, after having attempted to beat to ... See full summary »
The story of Ingmar Bergman's parents. How they fell in love, married against the wishes of their families, and had a difficult marriage and life in rural Sweden. Bergman's father was a pastor and poor; his mother from a well to do cultured family. It ends with the birth of Ingmar.
Richer and more complete, if slower, than the feature version
About twice the length of the cut down feature version, the original mini-series has much the same feel, and all the same strengths terrific acting, a wonderful sense of time and place, two complex lead characters who can be so endearing one moment and so infuriating the next.
Ingmar Bergman's autobiographical script has much of the same richness as "Fanny and Alexander", that classic just about picks up where this story leaves off.
If this isn't quite at that level of brilliance, if it doesn't match that masterpiece for range and depth, it certainly is a terrific piece of storytelling in it's own right. And if Bille August can't match Bergman as a director, he at least gets in the ball park, without feeling like he's aping another's style.
The 4 part series does drag a bit compared to the feature, but the novelistic richness of character and detail balances that out. Both versions are very worth seeing.
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