The Best Intentions

Overview

Scripted (but not directed) by Ingmar Bergman, Best Intentions is a multilayered backwards glance at the courtship of Bergman's own parents. Henrik Bergman (Samuel Froler) is a struggling theology student in the year 1909. His intended, Anna Aakerbloom (Pernilla August, who married director Bille August while the film was in progress) is from a well-to-do family. Despite the expected class differences and personality clashes, love-or at least mutual understanding-prevails. But after a harsh, spare few years as ...
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Overview

Scripted (but not directed) by Ingmar Bergman, Best Intentions is a multilayered backwards glance at the courtship of Bergman's own parents. Henrik Bergman (Samuel Froler) is a struggling theology student in the year 1909. His intended, Anna Aakerbloom (Pernilla August, who married director Bille August while the film was in progress) is from a well-to-do family. Despite the expected class differences and personality clashes, love-or at least mutual understanding-prevails. But after a harsh, spare few years as the wife of a clergyman, Anna yearns for the more bountiful pleasures of her family home. Bergman writes himself into the proceedings as a mewling infant. The current three-hour theatrical version of Best Intentions (original title: Den Goda Viljan) was simultaneously prepared as a six-hour TV miniseries, which ran in Europe, Scandanavia, and Japan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/1997
  • UPC: 720917012766
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: Fox Lorber
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Samuel Fröler Henrik Bergman
Pernilla August Anna Akerblom-Bergman
Max von Sydow Johan Akerblom--Anna's Father
Ghita Nørby Karin Akerblom--Anna's Mother
Lennart Hjulström Nordenson--Landowner and Owner of the Works
Mona Malm Alma Bergman--Henrik's Mother
Lena Endre Frida Strandberg--Henrik's First Fiancee
Keve Hjelm Fredrik Bergman--Henrik's Paternal Grandfather
Björn Kjellman Ernst Akerblom--Anna's Brother
Börje Ahlstedt Carl Akerblom--Anna's Half-Brother
Hans Alfredson Reverend Gransjo
Inga Ålenius Alva Nykvist
Anita Björk Queen Viktoria
Jan Blomberg Count Svante
Lena Brogren Miss Lisen
Irma Christensson Ebba Bergman--Henrik's Aunt
Nils Eklund Churchwarden
Leif Forstenberg Mr. Johansson
Marie Goranzon Elin Nordenson
Bjorn Granath Oscar Akerblom--Anna's Half-Brother
Ernst Gunther Uncle Freddy
Björn Gustafson Jesper Jakobsson
Lena T. Hansson Magda Sall
Roland Hedlund Herman Nagel--Works Manager
Ernst-Hugo Järegård Professor Sundelius
Gun Jonsson Marta Lagerstam
Barbro Kollberg Gertrud Tallroth
Margareta Krook Blenda Bergman--Henrik's Aunt
Ake Lagergren Chamberlain Segersward
Inga Landgre Magna Flink
Bertil Norstrom Alopeus
Gunilla Nyroos Svea Akerblom--Oscar's Wife
Tord Peterson Coachman
Gosta Prnzelius County Sheriff
Sif Ruud Beda Bergman--Henrik's Aunt
Mikael Segerström Gustov Akerblom--Anna's Half-Brother
Gaby Stenberg Matron Fanny
Emy Storm Tekla Kronstrom
Technical Credits
Bille August Director
Ann Mari Anttila Costumes/Costume Designer
Anna Asp Production Designer
Ingmar Bergman Screenwriter
Janus Billeskov-Jensen Editor
Lars Bjalkeskog Producer
Stefan Nilsson Score Composer
Jörgen Persson Cinematographer
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