The Queen of the Night offers her daughter Pamina to Tamino, but he has to bring her back from her father and priest Sarastro. She gives a magic flute to Tamino and magic bells to the bird ... See full summary »
The meeting between Victor Sjöström, Swedish film director of the silent era and Selma Lagerlöf, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Victor is adapting one of the books of the writer.
Herr Sleeman kommer (Mr. Sleeman Is Coming) is a 1917 one-act play by the Swedish author Hjalmar Bergman. The main character is an orphaned young woman who is about to be married off to an ... See full summary »
Max von Sydow
A middle-aged teacher is suffering from paranoid delusions. Her slightly younger man is bit by bit pulled into her condition. Love has made her vulnerable and jealous and slowly but surely ... See full summary »
Bergman interviews the locals of Fårö in this fascinating documentary. An expression of personal and political solidarity with the fellow inhabitants of his adopted home, the island of Fårö... See full summary »
An elderly gentleman is trying to find peace and quiet in a fashionable residential house. He pass the time by chatting a local confectioner and by playing chess with his brother. The ... See full summary »
In the midst of a civil war, former violinists Jan and Eva Rosenberg, who have a tempestuous marriage, run a farm on a rural island. In spite of their best efforts to escape their homeland, the war impinges on every aspect of their lives.
Two estranged sisters, Ester and Anna, and Anna's 10-year-old son travel to the Central European country on the verge of war. Ester becomes seriously ill and the three of them move into a hotel in a small town called Timoka.
The elderly Arnolphe has decided to marry a young woman, Agnes, whom he has fallen in love with. She is too young and innocent to realize what plans he has for her. But Agnes and Arnolphe's... See full summary »
Bergman's television production of August Strindberg's stage play 'A Dream Play'. A surreal film that follows a dream logic - characters, locations and situations change with the blink of an eye. Agnes (Ingrid Thulin), daughter of Vedic god Indra descends to Earth to experience all sorts of human sufferings like poverty, cruelty, drudgery of everyday life. She meets all sorts of characters from who are clearly symbolical. Acting is over the top theatrical and the drawn set pieces add another level of dreaminess to the film. Thanks to the quickly changing locations and characters, the black and white photography, and heavy-handed weighty subject the film could become hard for the viewer after some time.
If one haven't seen the play on stage, it might be hard to imagine how the scene transitions might look on the stage, but on screen, with editing it comes together nicely and have one clear flow. 'A Dream Play' seems to be more suited for the screen than on the stage.
Hard to find Ingmar Bergman's masterpiece with great cinematic (although it was TV production) value.
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