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The Passion of Anna (1969)

En passion (original title)
R | | Drama | 28 May 1970 (USA)
A recently divorced man meets an emotionally devastated widow and they begin a love affair.


Ingmar Bergman


Ingmar Bergman
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Complete credited cast:
Max von Sydow ... Andreas Winkelman / Self
Liv Ullmann ... Anna Fromm / Self
Bibi Andersson ... Eva Vergérus / Self
Erland Josephson ... Elis Vergérus / Self
Erik Hell ... Johan Andersson
Sigge Fürst ... Verner
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Andreas, a man struggling with the recent demise of his marriage and his own emotional isolation, befriends a married couple also in the midst of psychological turmoil. In turn he meets Anna, who is grieving the recent deaths of her husband and son. She appears zealous in her faith and steadfast in her search for truth, but gradually her delusions surface. Andreas and Anna pursue a love affair, but he is unable to overcome his feelings of deep humiliation and remains disconnected. Meanwhile, the island community is victimized by an unknown person committing acts of animal cruelty. Written by Nancy Dowling <nad@skypoint.com>

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This film, commonly known as "En passion" (or "The Passion" aka "The Passion of Anna"), has an actual on-screen title of "L 182". See more »


Anna Fromm: Andreas, we should travel somewhere. We should get away from here. I know it would be good for us both.
Andreas Winkelman: When you speak of traveling, I really want to say yes.
Anna Fromm: What are you thinking?
Andreas Winkelman: That we can speak to Elis. He can lend us money. But at the same time a wall appears. I can't speak. I can't show that I'm happy. I can see your face, I know you're you, but I can't reach you. Do you understand what I mean?
Anna Fromm: I understand what you mean. I understand very well, Andreas.
Andreas Winkelman: I'm on the outside of this wall. I ...
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Alternate Versions

The UK version is cut by 25 seconds to remove the sight of a dog hanging by its neck, in accordance with the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937. See more »


Referenced in Orada (2009) See more »


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Performed by Allan Gray
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for Bergman fans
1 April 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Andreas Winkelman (Max von Sydow) is a recluse living in an isolated farmhouse. He meets Anna Fromm (Liv Ullmann) who is mourning her losses. Eva (Bibi Andersson) and Elis Vergerus (Erland Josephson) are a neighboring couple. Someone is torturing animals. First, a puppy is left hanging and then sheep are senselessly slaughtered. There are inserted scenes of actors doing behind-the-scenes interviews to discuss their roles.

For Ingmar Bergman acolytes, this is a secondary work. Bergman is not really my thing. I see he's looking at humanity. In this one, it is violence and distress. These are perfect natural performances. They don't necessarily excite me although the animal cruelty jolts me with the shock of it. This is not for everyone. For cinephiles or more specifically Bergman fans, this is a box that needs to be checked.

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Release Date:

28 May 1970 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Fårö, Gotlands län, Sweden

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Color (Eastmancolor)| Black and White (dream sequence)

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1.66 : 1
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