Saraband

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As the final masterwork of Ingmar Bergman, the world's most revered cinematic craftsperson, Saraband embodies the sequel to the director's five-hour Scenes from a Marriage, produced and directed 30 years after that original epic. Here, Bergman revisits the two characters from that film, divorcees Johan Erland Josephson and Marianne Liv Ullmann, after years of estrangement from one another. Marianne now lives alone; of her two middle-aged daughters from the marriage to Johan, one lives in Australia, while the ...
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As the final masterwork of Ingmar Bergman, the world's most revered cinematic craftsperson, Saraband embodies the sequel to the director's five-hour Scenes from a Marriage, produced and directed 30 years after that original epic. Here, Bergman revisits the two characters from that film, divorcees Johan Erland Josephson and Marianne Liv Ullmann, after years of estrangement from one another. Marianne now lives alone; of her two middle-aged daughters from the marriage to Johan, one lives in Australia, while the other suffered a mental breakdown. Marianne has contact with neither. After leafing through an assemblage of old photographs and waxing nostalgic, Marianne decides to revisit the now-wealthy Johan, who lives in the country with an adjoining cottage and two descendants: his 61-year-old widower son, Henrik Börje Ahlstedt of I Am Curious Yellow, and Henrik's 19-year-old daughter, Karin Julia Dufvenius. The relationships in Johan's family are broken and deeply dysfunctional: Johan resents Henrik, whom he perceives as worthless in every capacity other than fatherhood; Henrik resents Johan for his niggardly attitudes about his wealth; Karin feels bound by familial shackles and yearns to escape the confines of the life that ensnares her, ultimately hoping to move to the city and pursue her dream of becoming a cellist. Bergman uses the central narrative to examine how parents can damage one another by wielding the demands of their own selfish egos and refusing to grant joy and contentment to themselves or their children.
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Special Features

The Making-of Saraband
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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Ingmar Bergman's 2003 film Saraband is, like many of his earlier ones, suffused with melancholy and regret -- and, as well, an incisive, powerful work of art. A sequel of sorts to his Scenes from a Marriage 1973, Saraband features that film's protagonists, Marianne Liv Ullman and Johan Erland Josephson: Now in their 80s and long divorced, they are very much prisoners of the unhappiness they seemed so assiduously to court in their marriage. Marianne no longer sees her middle-aged daughters but decides to visit her ex-husband, who, though wealthy, lives in misery. His 60-ish son from an earlier marriage, Henrik Borje Ahlstedt, living in an adjacent cottage, resents his father and refuses to allow his musically talented teenage daughter Julia Dufvenius to pursue a career in the big city. Marianne sees in Johan's son the same pathological selfishness that helped ruin her relationship to his father. And so it goes. Saraband is very much like earlier Bergman films in its stark cinematography, funereal pace, and sparse dialogue. So much of the story is told through -- and so much of its power derives from -- the soul-bearing close-ups of the marvelous actors. Their faces convey their characters' bitterness and discontentment. The director paints an uncompromising portrait of a wildly dysfunctional family: Johan sees in Henrik many of his own shortcomings, but that doesn't stop him from feeling scorn for his feckless son. It's not a pretty picture, but it's a finely rendered one, an altogether fitting coda to a distinguished filmmaking career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/10/2006
  • UPC: 043396108981
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liv Ullmann Marianne
Erland Josephson Johan
Börje Ahlstedt Henrik
Julia Dufvenius Karin
Gunnel Fred Martha, Marianne's & Johan's Daughter
Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director, Screenwriter
Cecilia Drott-Norlen Makeup
Pia Ehrnvall Executive Producer
Torbjorn Ehrnvall Asst. Director
Sylvia Ingemarsson Editor
P.O. Lantto Camera Operator
Inger Elvira Pehrson Costumes/Costume Designer
Sofi Stridh Camera Operator
Goran Wassberg Set Decoration/Design
Raymond Wemmenlov Camera Operator
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Saraband
1. Prologue [:10]
2. One - Marianne Puts Her Plan Into Action [2:37]
3. Two - Almost a Week Has Gone By [16:23]
4. Three - About Anna [16:40]
5. Four - A Week or So Later [8:56]
6. Five - Bach [8:36]
7. Six - An Offer [11:52]
8. Seven - The Letter From Anna [9:10]
9. Eight - Saraband [8:37]
10. Nine - Crucial Moment [11:06]
11. Ten - The Hour Before Dawn [4:39]
12. Epilogue [5:26]
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Disc #1 -- Saraband
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   Subtitles
      English
      French (Canadian)
      Portuguese (Brazilian)
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Previews
      Thumbsucker
      Heights
      The Beautiful Country
   The Making of Saraband
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