Cries and Whispers

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Overview

Cries and Whispers stars Liv Ullman and Ingrid Thulin as the sisters of dying cancer patient Harriet Andersson. Both sisters have already had brushes with death: Ullman has had an affair which prompted her husband's suicide, while Thulin has long wanted to do away with herself, at one point mutilating her own vagina out of self-hatred. As for Andersson, she has been in pain so long that she feels as though she's in the midst of death-in-life. With her two sisters wrapped up in their own problems, Harriet turns to...
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Overview

Cries and Whispers stars Liv Ullman and Ingrid Thulin as the sisters of dying cancer patient Harriet Andersson. Both sisters have already had brushes with death: Ullman has had an affair which prompted her husband's suicide, while Thulin has long wanted to do away with herself, at one point mutilating her own vagina out of self-hatred. As for Andersson, she has been in pain so long that she feels as though she's in the midst of death-in-life. With her two sisters wrapped up in their own problems, Harriet turns to her housekeeper Kari Sylwan for comfort; Sylwan has herself suffered the death of a child, and has developed a philosophical attitude towards impending doom. One of the most influential moments of the film -- when two of the sisters share the innermost thoughts that they'd kept from one another for so many years -- is filmed without benefit of dialogue, with the music of Chopin enhanced by cinematographer Sven Nykvist's carefully selected camera angles "speaking" for the ladies. While Cries and Whispers only won the Oscar for cinematography, the film did very well for itself in international awards contests.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Ingmar Bergman's Cries and Whispers (Viskningar Och Rop) finds the director exploring many of the same themes as his landmark Persona (1966). A study of three sisters and the "tissue of lies" between them, the film once again measures the tremors caused by long-buried secrets, dreams, and resentments. Not one gesture rings false, particularly in the distant-but-sympathetic performance of Bergman's longtime collaborator (and companion) Liv Ullmann, cast against type as the acidic Maria. Though obviously influenced by Chekhov and Tolstoy, Bergman makes the material his own, disrupting the script's Gothic facade with shocking, distinctly modern feelings and incidents: despite the Freudian and Jungian interpretations that can be made of individual scenes, Cries never substitutes abstract theory for character development. Cinematographer Sven Nykvist keeps the proceedings from becoming an inert chamber play; his expressionistic use of color -- punctuated by the fades to red between sequences -- is unlike anything previously seen in Bergman's work. Cries and Whispers became one of the only foreign-language films ever nominated for an Oscar as Best Picture, and Bergman received his first nomination as Best Director, cementing (if tardily) his status as the leading foreign art-movie director.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/2000
  • UPC: 037429069530
  • Original Release: 1972
  • Source: Homevision
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harriet Andersson Agnes
Kari Sylwan Anna
Ingrid Thulin Karin
Liv Ullmann Maria
Erland Josephson David, the doctor
Henning Moritzen Joakin, Maria's Husband
George Arlin Fredrik
Kary Sylway
Lars-Owe Carlberg Spectator
Anders Ek Pastor Isak
Inga Gill Aunt Olga
Linn Ullmann Maria's daughter
Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Lars-Owe Carlberg Producer
Cecilia Drott Makeup
Siv Lundgren Editor
Borje Lundh Makeup
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
Marik Vos-Lundh Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you ever buy one Bergman movie . . . let this be the one!

    I still can't believe what a beautifully written story, what a beautifully filmed movie, and what a beautifully acted film this is. The ensemble acting, like the dialogue throughout, can be, at times, brooding, minimalist, dreamlike, yet searing; the very moving relationship between the dying Agnes (Harriet Andersson) and Anna, the loyal maid (Kari Sylwan), is so lovingly innocent and achingly pure, it is almost hard to watch. But watch we must, and with the many extreme closeups of the actors' faces, we have no choice but to look deeply into their eyes, only to become inextricably tied to their souls.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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