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The Passion of Anna

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Liv Ullmann plays the widowed, crippled Anna Fromm, who while travelling on a remote island calls upon reclusive ex-convict Andreas Max von Sydow in order to use his telephone. After Anna leaves, Andreas discovers she's left her purse behind; he opens it, hoping to find some identification. A letter in the purse details Anna's unhappy marriage and the depths of her loneliness. Eventually, Anna moves in with Andreas, who has become more closely acquainted with her through the intervention of Anna's friends Ellis ...
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Overview

Liv Ullmann plays the widowed, crippled Anna Fromm, who while travelling on a remote island calls upon reclusive ex-convict Andreas Max von Sydow in order to use his telephone. After Anna leaves, Andreas discovers she's left her purse behind; he opens it, hoping to find some identification. A letter in the purse details Anna's unhappy marriage and the depths of her loneliness. Eventually, Anna moves in with Andreas, who has become more closely acquainted with her through the intervention of Anna's friends Ellis and Evan Vergerus Bibi Anderson and Erland Josephson. One dark night, tensions mount between Anna and Andreas due to reports of an escaped lunatic in the vicinity. Andreas's barn is set afire by the lunatic, and after collapsing at the scene of the blaze, Andreas is rescued by Anna. In his delirium, he accuses her of trying to kill him, further accusing her of causing the car accident that killed her husband and left her crippled. Anna and Andreas part, each retreating into their solitary emotional shells.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
One of Ingmar Bergman's underrated chamber dramas, The Passion of Anna is basically a four-hander featuring a quartet of Bergman stalwarts, most importantly Liv Ullmann. Bergman's script pits her Anna and Max von Sydow's Andreas against each other, as two characters trying to outlive the damage they've done to themselves in the past. Anna is crippled from an accident which killed her husband and son, and Andreas is an ex-con; both retreat from the world by seeking refuge on an island. Guilt and regret gnaw at them, and they begin to see in the bourgeois lives of their mutual friends, Ellis and Evan Bibi Andersson and Erland Josephson, something they might enjoy together. But Anna and Andreas' coming together proves only momentarily comforting and ultimately destructive, as Andreas knows more about Anna's past than she realizes. When the two quarrel and he uses that knowledge against her, the effect is devastating on them. Bergman's inclusion of a subplot, in which a loner on the island is falsely accused of vandalism and commits suicide under pressure from the community, reinforces the theme of isolation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/1993
  • UPC: 027616278630
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liv Ullmann Anna
Bibi Andersson Eva
Max von Sydow Andreas
Erland Josephson Elis
Erik Hell Johan Andersson
Sigge Fuerst Verner
Lennart Blomkvist
Marianne Karlbeck
Britta Brunius Woman in dream
Lars-Owe Carlberg Police officer
Malin Ek Woman in dream
Svea Holst Verner's wife
Annika Kronberg Katarina
Barbro Hjort af Ornäs Woman in dream
Hjoerdis Pettersson Johan's sister
Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director, Screenwriter
Lars-Owe Carlberg Producer
Cecilia Drott Makeup
Siv Kanalv Editor
P.A. Lundgren Production Designer
Siv Lundgren Editor
Mago Costumes/Costume Designer
Ulf Nordholm Special Effects
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent movie

    I would recommend to buy this movie by Ingmar Bergman

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