Wild Strawberries

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Overview

Ingmar Bergman's brilliant portrait of an elderly man coming to terms with age and mortality receives a simple but respectful presentation on this DVD from the Criterion Collection. Wild Strawberries has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the image quality is excellent, reproducing the nuances of Gunnar Fischer's camerawork with impressive accuracy. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and the fidelity is outstanding for a film shot in the mid-1950s. The ...
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Overview

Ingmar Bergman's brilliant portrait of an elderly man coming to terms with age and mortality receives a simple but respectful presentation on this DVD from the Criterion Collection. Wild Strawberries has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the image quality is excellent, reproducing the nuances of Gunnar Fischer's camerawork with impressive accuracy. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and the fidelity is outstanding for a film shot in the mid-1950s. The dialogue is in Swedish, with optional English subtitles but no multiple language options. Beyond a short essay by Michael Koresky in the accompanying booklet, no bonus materials are included with this release. (This same disc has been included with a pair of box sets from Criterion, Essential Art House Vol. 1 and Essential Art House: Fifty Years of Janus Films, and the same transfer is available with a richer collection of bonus features in a deluxe edition from Criterion.) While this DVD doesn't offer much in the way of supplements, the presentation of one of Bergman's finest films is excellent, and is a fine value for budget-minded film enthusiasts.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Smultronstället/Wild Strawberries is one of the masterpieces of world cinema, a key early representative of the European art films that would change how people thought about movies in the late 1950s and 1960s. While the film posits a frightening questioning of life, it ultimately offers hope and redemption to its aging protagonist, and ultimately to us all. Director Ingmar Bergman effectively alternates emotional warmth with coldness to create one of the screen's greatest philosophical character studies. His shot composition is remarkable, particularly his close-ups of legendary Swedish director Victor Sjöström, here playing the elderly professor. The film is full of masterful symbolic imagery and allegorical storytelling. Most important, Bergman makes his film accessible to the ordinary viewer. This is a warm and human film, strongly filled with a richness rarely experienced on screen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • UPC: 715515032421
  • Original Release: 1957
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Swedish
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,250

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Victor Sjöström Professor Isak Borg
Bibi Andersson Sara
Ingrid Thulin Marianne Borg
Gunnar Björnstrand Evald Borg
Folke Sundquist Anders
Naima Wifstrand Isak's Mother
Björn Bjelvenstam Viktor
Gunnel Broström Mrs. Berit Almann
Åke Fridell Gertud's Lover
Gertrud Fridh Isak's Wife
Maud Hansson Angelica
Julian Kindahl Agda, the housekeeper
Gunnel Lindblom Charlotta
Goran Lundstrom Benjamin
Yngve Nordwall Uncle Aron
Gio Petre Sigbritt
Sif Ruud Aunt
Gunnar Sjöberg Alman
Per Sjöstrand Sigfrid
Max von Sydow Åkerman
Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director, Screenwriter
E. Eckert-Lundin Musical Direction/Supervision
Allan Ekelund Producer
Gunnar Fischer Cinematographer
Erik Nordgren Score Composer
Oscar Rosander Editor
Millie Strom Costumes/Costume Designer
Aaby Wedin Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wild Strawberries
1. Isak Borg [2:18]
2. Opening Credits [1:13]
3. A Weird Dream [4:33]
4. Change of Plans [5:03]
5. A Revealing Ride [4:33]
6. Wild Strawberries [6:57]
7. Family Meal [3:31]
8. Tears and Song [2:51]
9. Sara, Anders and Viktor [3:08]
10. Hysteria and Catholicism [5:53]
11. Old Friends [2:51]
12. Philosophy and Lunch [3:01]
13. Visiting Mother [7:24]
14. Looking in the Mirror [5:24]
15. Examination [6:38]
16. Loneliness [5:30]
17. Evald and Marianne [4:13]
18. Marianne's Decision [3:14]
19. At Evald's [2:03]
20. The Ceremony [2:26]
21. No Intimacies [3:53]
22. Father and Son [2:03]
23. Childhood Memories [2:14]
1. Color Bars [:00]
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