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Ingmar Bergman – Scener ur ett äktenskap AKA Scenes from a Marriage [Theatrical Cut] (1973)

Scenes from a Marriage chronicles the many years of love and turmoil that bind Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson), tracking their relationship as it progresses through a number of successive stages: matrimony, infidelity, divorce, and subsequent partnerships. Originally conceived as a five-hour, six-part television miniseries, the film is also presented in its three-hour theatrical cut. Shot on 16 mm in intense, intimate close-ups by cinematographer Sven Nykvist and featuring flawless performances by Ullmann and Josephson, Bergman’s emotional X-ray reveals the intense joys and pains of a complex bond. Read More »

    Bernt Amadeus Capra – Mindwalk (1990)

    A film that relies heavily on dialogue, but is ultimately fulfilling.

    The director has taken the realm of film to display a table top

    discussion, or more accurately a philosophical conversation between someone’s most interesting and intelligent friends.

    It’s a movie you can imagine yourself as an eavesdropper in on one of the most engaging and interesting discussions on life.

    Worth the two hours and a subject matter still topical to world problems today. Read More »

      Anthony Harvey – Richard’s Things (1979)

      While trying to come to terms with her late husband’s infidelity, a woman finds comfort in the
      arms of his former lover, in this drama based on Frederic Raphael’s novel. After hearing of
      her husband Peter (Tim Piggott-Smith)’s death on a business trip, Kate Morris (Liv Ullmann) is
      shocked to discover that he was travelling with another woman. When the two women
      finally confront their issues, the former rivals discover a common bond, leading to an
      unexpected and physical relationship. Read More »

        Dheeraj Akolkar – Liv & Ingmar (2012)

        This feature documentary is an affectionate yet truthful account of the 42 years and 12 films long relationship between legendary actress Liv Ullmann and master film maker Ingmar Bergman.

        Told entirely from Liv’s point of view, this rollercoaster journey of extreme highs and lows is constructed as a collage of images and sounds from the timeless Ullmann-Bergman films, behind the scenes footage, still photographs, passages from Liv’s book ‘Changing’ and Ingmar’s love letters to Liv. Read More »

          Mario Monicelli – Speriamo che sia femmina (1986)

          This family drama by Monicelli features an impressive international cast: Liv Ullmann, Catherine Deneuve, Philippe Noiret, Stefania Sandrelli and Bernard Blier, and it won a series of prestigeous film awards upon its release. It is a less comedic film, than most of Monicelli’s oeuvre up to this point, although the folly of the Italian male is still a central theme, as it had been in so many of his films from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.
          In this case, a group of several generations of women are pulled together, when an accident strikes the padre familias (Noiret) that they all in various ways are, or have been, involved with. Thus, the second half of the film focusses on this group of very different women, and how they manage to relate to each other and get along, when they are faced with a series of serious challenges. Read More »