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The Passion of Anna (1969)

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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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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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Trivia

Filmed in the aftermath of Ingmar Bergman's break-up with Liv Ullmann on the island where they had lived together. See more »

Quotes

Eva Vergerus: She's no one - just what others make her be.
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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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It's wonderful to see a film made with such care
22 July 2001 | by Jeff-370See all my reviews

This is par for the course with Bergman, though. I have enjoyed all of his films that I've seen, which I admit is not many. This one touched me even more deeply than the others.

The topics touched on in this film include isolation, truth in relationships, mob mentality, but most importantly isolation from an emotional point of view. The interviews with the actors that are spliced into the film provide insight as well as divisions between sections of the narrative.

Perhaps what I liked best, however, is the inventive way the script reveals elements of the story. Sometimes a voice-over provides necessary information, and other times the information comes through the characters' conversations -- but never in an annoying "quick exposition" kind of way. For example: Although the affair between Anna and Andreas is the central story, it shows up in an odd place in the film.

But that is just one of the examples of the unusual construction that makes this film so unique and masterful. I recommend this to anyone who can read subtitles.


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