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Wild Strawberries (1957)

Smultronstället (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 22 June 1959 (USA)
After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Sjöström ... Dr. Eberhard Isak Borg
Bibi Andersson ... Sara / Hitchhiker
Ingrid Thulin ... Marianne Borg
Gunnar Björnstrand ... Dr. Evald Borg
Jullan Kindahl ... Agda
Folke Sundquist ... Anders
Björn Bjelfvenstam Björn Bjelfvenstam ... Viktor (as Björn Bjelvenstam)
Naima Wifstrand ... Mrs. Borg - Isak's Mother
Gunnel Broström ... Berit Alman
Gertrud Fridh ... Karin Borg - Isak's wife
Sif Ruud ... Aunt Olga
Gunnar Sjöberg ... Sten Alman / The Examiner
Max von Sydow ... Henrik Åkerman
Åke Fridell ... Karin's Lover
Yngve Nordwall ... Uncle Aron
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Storyline

With the exception of his elderly housekeeper Miss Agda who he treats almost like a surrogate platonic wife, widowed seventy-eight year old Dr. Isak Borg, a former medical doctor and professor, has retreated from any human contact, partly his own want but partly the decision of others who do not want to spend time with him because of his cold demeanor. He is traveling from his home in Stockholm to Lund to accept an honorary degree. Instead of flying as was the original plan, he decides to take the day long drive instead. Along for the ride is his daughter-in-law Marianne, who had been staying with him for the month but has now decided to go home. The many stops and encounters along the way make him reminisce about various parts of his life. Those stops which make him reminisce directly are at his childhood summer home, at the home of his equally emotionally cold mother, and at a gas station where the attendants praise him as a man for his work. But the lives of other people they ... Written by Huggo

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"We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep." Shakespeare - The Tempest See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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According to the Swedish DVD release (which contains an introductory interview with Bergman himself), Ingmar Bergman wrote the movie with Victor Sjöström in mind. He and the production company agreed that there would be no movie without Sjöström. Bergman didn't dare to call his idol Sjöström himself about the movie though, so the head of the production company made the call. Sjöström was initially reluctant, due to his advanced age, but agreed to meet with Bergman to discuss the movie. So Bergman went to his apartment and talked about it, Sjöström said he'll think about it. The next morning Sjöström called and agreed to the part on one condition: that he would be able to come home and have his whiskey grog at 5 pm every day. See more »

Goofs

The front license plate on the VW disappears when untying the rope. See more »

Quotes

Professor Isak Borg: And how's your father these days?
Henrik Åkerman: Oh, Dad's getting a bit decrepit. But Mom's as lively as a cricket.
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Connections

Featured in Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

PARADEMARSCH DER 18:ER HUSAREN
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Music by Alwin Mueller
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Bergman knows how to make you think.
24 January 2000 | by iam-1See all my reviews

Bergman has been seen by many as being a depressing film makes, who speaks above the heads of most people. Thank God someone does! In this piece of genius, we are asked to consider who God is; what makes a life worthwhile; and whether human nature alters through the generations, or is it just the costumes that change? As usual, the answers are to be provided by the audience. We must chose for ourselves what we think is 'right' or 'just'. Bergman uses the usual pattern for him - a man is on a journey (life) and meets people who are going along the same road (friends and family), and they all head toward the end of their trip (death). They stop in for obligatory visits with relatives and for food (as we all do), receive an honourary degree (fame & success?), and then send the children off to a party held in our honour that we do not attend (funeral). What happens along the way is important, but we always end up in the same place - the end. Wonderful editing techniques, good story, good images, fantastic acting, and more ideas and questions to ponder than one film can hold - or so you thought. It's only after the film ends that these ponderings come to you. During the film, you simply watch a man travel from his home to another city, but this is far from what the film is about. See this film once, think about the questions it poses, then rewind and see it again. You will be rewarded for doing so.


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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | Latin

Release Date:

22 June 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,524
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1.37 : 1
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