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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.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman
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Cast

Cast overview:
Max von Sydow ... Andreas Winkelman
Liv Ullmann ... Anna Fromm
Bibi Andersson ... Eva Vergérus
Erland Josephson ... Elis Vergérus
Erik Hell ... Johan Andersson
Sigge Fürst ... Verner
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Storyline

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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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

28 May 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Passion of Anna See more »

Filming Locations:

Fårö, Gotlands län, Sweden

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Andreas Winkelman: People think they have the right to tell you what to do. That brief desire to trample on something living.
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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 »

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Always Romantic
Performed by Allan Gray
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Masterful Piece
3 June 2003 | by ian_harrisSee all my reviews

Bergman really was at the top of his game by the late 1960's and this masterful piece is one of his (many) great works.

He has some of his best actors at his disposal: Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson and Max von Sydow. They are all superb in this film.

Key themes include "living a lie", the many ways in which love can manifest itself, man's inhumanity to man and our ability to be cruel to animals as well as each other. People who get especially upset at images of cruelty to animals might best keep away from this movie, although those scenes are done very sensitively.

The film is interspersed with post modernist vignettes by the main actors explaining how they feel about their characters. While I found those scenes fascinating, they did interrupt the flow a little and I found myself needing some time after each interruption to rejoin the lost and lonely world on that remote island.

But the criticisms are minor. The heaps of praise are my main comments on this film. I was transfixed by it. As usual with Bergman, action junkies should stay away, but lovers of great and thoughtful drama should get a lot of pleasure from this great film.


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