The staging and framing are often A+; the writing too on-the-nose (probably one offscreen death too many).
― recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 10:27 (four months ago) link
I reckon he takes quite a lot of risks with that script, hence maybe why you feel it's on-the-nose.
It does feel like Bergman is doing a session of psychoanalysis and ends up breaking people lol.
― xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 10:59 (four months ago) link
was Summer With Monika really the film that made US critics/audiences recognize that Sweden had a more sexually liberated culture? if so, that’s interesting
― Dan S, Saturday, 6 July 2019 01:00 (three months ago) link
I loved Smiles of a Summer Night
― Dan S, Saturday, 13 July 2019 23:31 (three months ago) link
That was a new one to me when I got the criterion set, and it's probably my favorite find, absolutely delightful.
― Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 14 July 2019 04:11 (three months ago) link
his best comedy - his only good comedy? the ones I've seen (Waiting Women and All These Women) are terrible
― flappy bird, Sunday, 14 July 2019 05:16 (three months ago) link
Have never seen The Devils's Eye, is that a bad comedy too?
― Zeuhl Idol (Matt #2), Sunday, 14 July 2019 08:51 (three months ago) link
I'd like to hear any review of The Devil's Eye, one of the very few classic period Bergmans I've not seen.
HIs birthday today - 101
― Josefa, Sunday, 14 July 2019 14:22 (three months ago) link
wasn't expecting to love Wild Strawberries so much, seeing it again after decades
― Dan S, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:58 (two months ago) link
have been re-reading the thread. I guess you could call Wild Strawberries ‘life-affirming’. I just really liked how much of a fantasia it was, mixing absurd real events, dreams, and memories in the protagonist’s path from withdrawal to engagement. Victor Sjöström was great in it
― Dan S, Friday, 30 August 2019 23:17 (one month ago) link
thought To Joy was one of the strangest and most interesting of his early films
― Dan S, Sunday, 1 September 2019 23:52 (one month ago) link
I enjoyed seeing the 60s Bergman films that are supposed to form a trilogy - Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, and The Silence.
According to Bergman “these three films deal with reduction: Through a Glass Darkly – conquered certainty; Winter Light – penetrated certainty; The Silence – God's silence, the negative imprint.”
They are very dark (The Silence also has a lot of humor), but they are all fantastic
― Dan S, Friday, 20 September 2019 02:25 (four weeks ago) link
thought The Silence did seem somewhat Fellini-esque as flappy bird mentioned above, mostly the sections with the the child
Those are coming up soon in my Bergman box. I haven't seen them in about 15 years, but I remember them all being brutally bleak.
― Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 20 September 2019 02:28 (four weeks ago) link
they all seem to be focused on the acknowledgement of the silence of god, and the choices that the characters then have about how to live their lives: Through a Glass Darkly ultimately concluding that god is love amid the scenes of hopelessness; Winter Light, in which rational discussions of love for and belief in god and belief in human relationships reveal them to be problematic, with some hope ultimately offered for faith; The Silence, even further diminishing our confidence in faith but also maybe elevating it, offering of a huge ray of light with the character of Johan1
― Dan S, Friday, 20 September 2019 02:45 (four weeks ago) link
Ended up skipping over Persona, Hour of the Wolf, The Passion of Anna, and Cries and Whispers for the moment and watching Scenes from a Marriage, the theatrical version. The first time I saw it was as a teenager. It feels now like it was of its time, in a good way
― Dan S, Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:47 (two weeks ago) link
Gotta do the long version, it's so good
― Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:49 (two weeks ago) link
thinking I should, maybe will wait until I work my way through the rest of his films though. It does bring up for me the question of whether to watch the mini-series version or theatrical version of Fanny and Alexander
seeing this again a lot of its appeal is in the attractiveness of the two main characters, and I can now better relate to their worry about the reality of love, about the possibility of not having loved or been loved enough
― Dan S, Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:57 (two weeks ago) link
It definitely hit me harder on my recent viewing than the previous one some 15 years ago. A big part of it is just their wonderful acting and all the long, long takes.
I prefer the theatrical F&A, it flows better, but both are worth watching.
― Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 5 October 2019 01:13 (two weeks ago) link
I probably say it a couple times a year on this board, but you NEED to watch the full cut of F&A.
― Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Saturday, 5 October 2019 01:46 (two weeks ago) link
criterion channel does have both
― Dan S, Saturday, 5 October 2019 01:52 (two weeks ago) link
really looking forward to seeing Persona again
― Dan S, Saturday, 5 October 2019 02:24 (two weeks ago) link