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Scenes from a Marriage 

Scener ur ett äktenskap (original title)
PG | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (1973)
Ten years within the marriage of Marianne and Johan.
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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinematograph AB See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film made its US broadcast debut on HBO in May 1975. See more »

Quotes

Marianne: We're pitiful, self-indulgent cowards that can't connect with reality and are ashamed of ourselves.
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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

A 299 minute version is featured on a 3-disc Criterion Collection DVD, released in 2004. See more »

Connections

Followed by Saraband (2003) See more »

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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A Meaningful Film
23 July 2005 | by Myshkin_KaramazovSee all my reviews

Enormous success it had with audiences of Swedish TV, where it was shown in six episodes paved way for its theatrical release. This however called for compromising almost half the original length of celluloid.

As one of more easily understandable Bergman films, "Scenes From A Marriage" met much enthusiasm on both sides of the Atlatic.

The film showcases great two of Ingmar Bergman's favorite actors. Both Liv Ullman and Erland Josephson give lively mature performances, lauded by critics.

Being a down-to-earth family drama with strong social commentary of great relevance, "Scenes From A Marriage" has something important to convey. It is a meaningful picture.

It reflects on the nature of relationship between man and woman. It invites us to ponder on this basic issue, a cornerstone of human society Although not quite in the same league with bona-fide Bergman classics like "The Seventh Seal" and "Persona", "Scenes From A Marriage" remains a powerful movie.


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