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After the Rehearsal (1984)

Efter repetitionen (original title)
R | | Drama | TV Movie 9 April 1984
As an aging playwright interacts with the young lead in his play after everybody's gone home, he reminisces about her mother, whom he maintained a sexual relationship with before she died.


Ingmar Bergman


Ingmar Bergman
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Complete credited cast:
Erland Josephson ... Henrik Vogler (older)
Ingrid Thulin ... Rakel Egerman
Lena Olin ... Anna Egerman (older)
Nadja Palmstjerna-Weiss Nadja Palmstjerna-Weiss ... Anna Egerman (younger)
Bertil Guve ... Henrik Vogler (younger)


At the stage of his play, aging playwright Henrik is visited by Anna, the young lead, after everybody's gone home. As they interact, Henrik reminisces about and compares Anna to her mother, whom he maintained a sexual relationship with before she died. Written by Julián Bufarull

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The plan was to rehearse for three weeks and then have Sven Nykvist film the results. However, the plan quickly went awry with the production beset by problems, mainly because Ingmar Bergman and his acting troupe simply spent too long agonizing over every line and how to deliver them. See more »


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Much more than a minor work
28 December 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I may be biased though as I love and admire Ingmar Bergman. After The Rehearsal mayn't be among Bergman's very finest films, but it does deserve to be much more regarded as just a minor work. It could have done with being longer perhaps but all the things that make a Bergman film work are here. The cinematography from none other than Sven Nykvist is tight and helps to intensify After the Rehearsal's intriguing drama, while the setting looks beautiful yet realistic. Bergman as he always did directs with discipline, never once is there a sense that his heart was not in it. The scripting is intelligent and provokes a lot of thought, likewise the story is insightful in regard to art and emotion- I always admired how ambitious the themes in his films were- and almost autobiographical in structure. I have seen and heard people remark that they were indifferent to the characters, now the characters in Bergman's films are not always that likable but considering how realistically compelling they are(especially the women) you do get the sense that they weren't meant to be. Adding to this is how superbly acted After the Rehearsal is, you get that expectation seeing as we are talking about some of Sweden's finest ever actors and never here are you disappointed. All three leads, very hard to single out a standout, are really captivating and immerse themselves totally into the characters. All in all, very, very good. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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