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Shame (1968)

Skammen (original title)
R | | Drama | 23 December 1968 (USA)
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.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liv Ullmann ... Eva Rosenberg
Max von Sydow ... Jan Rosenberg, Evas man
Sigge Fürst ... Filip, gerillaledare
Gunnar Björnstrand ... överste Jacobi, borgmästare
Birgitta Valberg ... fru Jacobi
Hans Alfredson ... Fredrik Lobelius, antikhandlare
Ingvar Kjellson ... Oswald, lärare i förhörslokalen
Frank Sundström ... Förhörsledaren
Ulf Johansson ... Läkaren i förhörslokalen
Vilgot Sjöman ... Tv-intervjuaren
Bengt Eklund ... vakten på Jacobis expedition
Gösta Prüzelius ... Kyrkoherden i förhörslokalen
Willy Peters ... En äldre officer
Barbro Hiort af Ornäs ... Kvinna i flyktingbåten
Agda Helin ... Handlarfrun
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Storyline

During civil war, two musicians retreat to a rural island to farm. They are apolitical; a neighbor sometimes gives them a fish; wine is a luxury. They love each other, but there are problems: the war upsets Jan, he is weepy, too sensitive; Eva wants children, he does not. The war suddenly arrives: rebels attack, neighbors die. When the other side restores order, Jan and Eva are arrested as collaborators. After frightening and roughing them up, the local colonel releases them; then he begins appearing at their farmhouse: to talk or to pursue Eva? He gives her money. The rebels return; chaos ensues. Jan becomes violent and murderous; they flee. Can they escape? If so, to what? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Ingmar Bergman's only depiction of the future. See more »

Goofs

Considering the bomb explosions near the house and the greenhouse, it is odd that some many glass windows are still present later. See more »

Quotes

Eva Rosenberg: Sometimes everything seems just like a dream. It's not my dream, it's somebody else's. But I have to participate in it. How do you think someone who dreams about us would feel when he wakes up. Feeling ashamed?
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Referenced in The Passion of Anna (1969) See more »

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Bleak but essential
18 July 2005 | by neil-313See all my reviews

A gruelling watch, but one of Bergman's finest films. Interesting to compare this with The Hour of the Wolf, as both feature the same lead actors as artists (or an artist and his wife) who have taken sanctuary on an island. In the earlier film it's largely inner demons that lead to von Sydows disintegrating personality (at least that's how I read it) whereas here it's very much circumstances beyond his control.

Much has been written about the unsympathetic central characters, particularly von Sydow's. For me there are flashes of a good (if flawed) man early in the film, but one who copes badly with adversity. The flaws become all that is left as his humanity is gradually eroded by one horror after another.

I watched A Passion (Ullmann and von Sydow on their island again) soon after this, and was amazed to recognise many of the same locations. And then there's a dream sequence...


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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

23 December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shame See more »

Filming Locations:

Visby, Gotland, Sweden See more »

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Budget:

SEK2,800,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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