thought The Silence did seem somewhat Fellini-esque as flappy bird mentioned above, mostly the sections with the the child
― Dan S, Friday, 20 September 2019 02:25 (two months ago) link
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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (one month ago) link
Gotta do the long version, it's so good
― Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:49 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link
criterion channel does have both
― Dan S, Saturday, 5 October 2019 01:52 (one month ago) link
really looking forward to seeing Persona again
― Dan S, Saturday, 5 October 2019 02:24 (one month ago) link
Cries and Whisper is intense, it feels like a culmination of his surreal psychosexual dramas
― Dan S, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 01:10 (three weeks ago) link
I like Ebert’s description that the camera darts and falls back as if stunned, then in other scenes doesn’t look away when you want it to, focusing on the close-up with extreme impassivity
― Dan S, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 04:27 (three weeks ago) link
not sure what I think of Face to Face as a film, but Liv Ullmann is an incredible force in it
“love surrounds everything, even death” is a good resolution
― Dan S, Thursday, 7 November 2019 01:21 (one week ago) link
it is kind of amazing that he allows dream scenes to take over big segments of his films
― Dan S, Thursday, 7 November 2019 02:07 (one week ago) link
Face to Face is second tier Bergman. I have trouble remembering it beyond Ullmann reaction shots (as ever).
― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 November 2019 02:20 (one week ago) link
it feels like a lot of his characters even if they are tragic are willing/trying to support others
I love that about his films
― Dan S, Thursday, 7 November 2019 02:29 (one week ago) link
The Serpent's Egg definitely seems like lesser Bergman
― Dan S, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 00:07 (yesterday) link
It's the one film of his I couldn't be bothered to finish.
― Cornelius Fondue (Matt #2), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 01:09 (yesterday) link
Wild Strawberries is still my favorite of all of Bergman’s films. It is expansive and kind-hearted. It worries about the regrets we all have over the instances of rejection and distance that take place in the course of our lives but in the end it understands that compassion overrides everything. It is amazing that he made this when he was 39 years old
― Dan S, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 02:28 (yesterday) link