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Scenes from a Marriage 

Scener ur ett äktenskap (original title)
Ten years within the marriage of Marianne and Johan.
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1973  
Top Rated TV #206 | Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Liv Ullmann ...  Marianne 6 episodes, 1973
Erland Josephson ...  Johan 6 episodes, 1973
Gunnel Lindblom ...  Eva 2 episodes, 1973
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Storyline

Ten years of Marianne and Johan's relationship are presented. We first meet them ten years into their marriage. He is a college professor, she a divorce lawyer. They say that they are happily married - unlike their friends Katarina and Peter who openly fight, especially when under the influence of alcohol - but there is a certain detached aloofness in the way they treat each other. In the next ten years, as they contemplate or embark upon divorce and/or known extramarital affairs, they come to differing understandings at each phase of their relationship of what they truly mean to each other. Regardless of if it's love or hate - between which there is a fine line - they also come to certain understandings of how they can best relate to each other, whether that be as husband and wife, friends, lovers or none of the above. Written by Huggo

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The dissecting of a marriage.

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Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

11 April 1973 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Scenes from a Marriage See more »

Filming Locations:

Fårö, Gotlands län, Sweden See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Cinematograph AB See more »
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Runtime:

| (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Originally a six-episode TV series: 1. Innocence and Panic; 2. The Art of Sweeping Things Under The Rug; 3. Paula; 4. The Vale of Tears; 5. The Illiterates; 6. In the Middle of the Night in a Dark House Somewhere in the World. A total of 295 minutes were then cut down to 155 minutes. See more »

Quotes

Marianne: I felt inadequate at work and at home, and I was a washout in bed too. I was hedged in by all the griping and endless demands! Goddamn you! Was it so strange that I used sex for leverage? I was outnumbered, having to fight you, both sets of parents and society! When I think about what I endured, I could scream! I tell you this: never again! You sit there whining about conspiracies. Well, it serves you right! I hope you'll have it rammed down your throat that you're a useless parasite.
Johan: You're ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The end credits aren't shown on-screen but read by director and writer Ingmar Bergman, while "a beautiful picture of Fårö" is shown (different for each episode). Bergman himself is not credited at all. See more »

Alternate Versions

Bergman prepared a four-hour version of "Scenes from a Marriage," hoping it would be shown as a two-part film. It never appeared in the US, although the original six-hour mini-series was shown on PBS after the 168 minute cut had played theatrically. See more »

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Soundtracks

Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in B flat major, Op. 10, No. 1
(uncredited)
Written by Tomaso Albinoni
A short extract is played during the very beginning and end of each episode (it's not featured in the theatrical version)
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Stunningly authentic
12 September 2006 | by jdoan-4See all my reviews

There are few other films that have the direct authenticity of this one. It is very frank, honest, tender, and heartbreaking. The performances of the two primary actors are amazing. Never once did I doubt their sincerity. In every single scene they overwhelmingly conveyed the intense and nuanced emotions of the couple. I use the word "overwhelmingly" because that is exactly what it is. At times it is hard to watch. Especially the scene in which Johan admits his infidelity. I could feel Marainne's hurt/anger/confusion. There are moments of intense tenderness, as in the last scene where Johan comforts Marianne after her nightmare. To be sure, the actors had some incredible material with which to work. Bergman knows human nature as much as any of modern writer. His dialog is poetic at times, and achingly authentic at others. They way the couple eviscerates and dissects each other is alarmingly, yet honest. Rarely is a character saying what they actually feel. Rarely do the characters know what they feel. They, like many people, really are "emotional illiterates." Bergman's direction is minimal, and that is what makes it so effective. The emphasis is completely on the characters and their existences. This is a powerful, evocative film. And I have seen only the theatrical version. I can imagine the full TV version is even more detailed.


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