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From the Life of the Marionettes (1980)

Aus dem Leben der Marionetten (original title)
R | | Drama | TV Movie 30 June 1981
An account of the events before and after a murder committed by Peter Egermann, a disturbed businessman in a strained marriage, and what led Peter to perform such a shocking act.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman
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Cast

Credited cast:
Robert Atzorn ... Peter Egermann
Christine Buchegger ... Katarina Egermann
Martin Benrath ... Professor Mogens Jensen
Rita Russek Rita Russek ... Katarina Krafft
Lola Müthel ... Cordelia Egermann
Walter Schmidinger Walter Schmidinger ... Tim Mandelbaum
Heinz Bennent ... Arthur Brenner
Ruth Olafs Ruth Olafs ... Nurse
Karl-Heinz Pelser Karl-Heinz Pelser ... The Interrogator
Gaby Dohm Gaby Dohm ... Frau Anders - Secretary
Toni Berger ... The Guard
Erwin Faber Erwin Faber ... The Servant
Heino Hallhuber Heino Hallhuber ... The Choreographer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doris Jensen Doris Jensen ... The Assistant in the fashion show
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Storyline

Made during Bergman's tax-related exile in Germany, the film continues the story of Katarina and Peter Egermann, the feuding, childless, professional couple who appear in one episode of "Scenes From A Marriage." After Peter perpetrates a horrendous crime in its first scene, the rest of the film consists of a non-linear examination of his motivations, incorporating a police psychological investigation, scenes from the Egermanns' married life, and dream sequences. Written by Owen F. Lipsett <olipset1@swarthmore.edu>

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The Woman He's About to Touch is a Dream. The Murder He's About to Commit is Not.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

West Germany | Sweden

Language:

German

Release Date:

30 June 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

From the Life of the Marionettes See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Runtime:

| (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

From the Life of the Marionettes (1980) is director Ingmar Bergman's only film shot in the German language. The Serpent's Egg (1977) was shot in Germany, too, but mostly in English. See more »

Quotes

Peter Egermann: I must stay calm, not fearful. Controlled, not unpredictable. All went wrong.
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Touch Me, Take Me
Performed by Rita Wright
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Underrated and under-known
22 May 2012 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

A complex dissection of a murder and a murderer, told by jumping back and forth in time, before and after the event, A deeply disturbing portrait of a man and a society so cut off from feeling that violence seems almost inevitable.

While more divided in public reaction then some of Bergman's most beloved works, I think this edgy, bold, uncomfortable film ranks close to some of his best work. While there are moments of pretension, there's also a lot of human and psychological complexity (and wonderful acting) in this bleak exploration of how near murder and madness lie to any of us.


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