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Scenes from a Marriage (1974)

Scener ur ett äktenskap (original title)
PG | | Drama | 15 September 1974 (USA)
Scenes from a Marriage chronicles the many years of love and turmoil that bind Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson) through matrimony, infidelity, divorce, and subsequent partners.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman
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Cast overview:
Liv Ullmann ... Marianne
Erland Josephson ... Johan
Bibi Andersson ... Katarina
Gunnel Lindblom ... Eva
Jan Malmsjö ... Peter
Rossana Mariano Rossana Mariano ... Eva, 12
Anita Wall ... Fru Palm, Journalist
Lena Bergman Lena Bergman ... Karin
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Scenes From a Marriage, is by far, Bergman's greatest creation. Following 2 characters, Marianne and Johan, the film, in typical Bergman exquisite style, examines ontological questions of love, loneliness, being and what it means to be 'fulfilled'. As with all of Betgman's films, 'Scenes From a Marriage', is not simply a narrative about a married couple and their 'ups and downs'. Bergman, successfully probes into what it means and feels like to need the love and/or security, validation of another person and the consequences of life-changing decisions. It is a must-see, from the greatest film maker there has ever been.

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15 September 1974 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #229. See more »

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What God Has Ordained When There Is No God
18 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Originally a miniseries, it was edited down to 169 minutes. It concerns itself with Liv Ullman, a divorce lawyer, and academician Erland Josephson. Over the course of ten years their marriage breaks down. Written by director Ingmar Bergman in a reported three months, it was shot quickly; cinematographer Sven Nykvist later stated that, given its later theatrical release, he would have liked more moving shots. Given the short schedule and tiny budget, that seems impossible in retrospect. As it is, the transfer from videotape to film gives it an inconsistent look, event within individual scenes; that seems to contribute to its intimacy and subjectiveness.

I think the lack of rehearsal, and the two central roles being played by two Bergman regulars give the performances a freshman and lack of polish that contribute to the truth of the movie. These are two people who change, hesitantly and unwillingly, in the throes of overwhelming emotions. The lack of polish, the enormous emotional shifts with scenes give it a documentary feel, even as the characters talk almost endlessly Unlike Bergman's earlier works, which are often theological musings on why G*d doesn't give us more directions, this shows two people trying to make their way in a world where G*d, if he exists, is irrelevant. It's a search for meaning without any hope of objective guide, of people trying to snatch some happiness desperately, in a existential world. It offers no grand messages, no singular route to happiness for all of humanity, just for two individuals.


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