Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries

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Director: Ingmar Bergman

Cast: Ingmar Bergman, Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin

     
 

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One of director Ingmar Bergman's most powerful works is the reflective Wild Strawberries. Criterion has made sure that this black-and-white 1.33:1 full-frame transfer appears relatively clean and detailed. While a few problems exist in the print (a hair shows up for a while, as does some dirt and grain), overall this is a beautiful looking picture with richSee more details below

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Overview

One of director Ingmar Bergman's most powerful works is the reflective Wild Strawberries. Criterion has made sure that this black-and-white 1.33:1 full-frame transfer appears relatively clean and detailed. While a few problems exist in the print (a hair shows up for a while, as does some dirt and grain), overall this is a beautiful looking picture with rich black-and-white textures. The audio is presented in Swedish 1.0 Mono. This is an apt soundtrack that works well within the confines of the movie. Some defects are present, including distortion in a few key scenes, though this is otherwise a very pleasant sounding mix. English subtitles are also included on this disc. The extra features on this disc include a 90-minute documentary by filmmaker and author Jörn Donner titled "Ingmar Bergman on Life and Work." This is a through and fascinating documentary that features interviews with an 80-year-old Bergman discussing his life, work, and passions. Historian Peter Cowie contributes an informative commentary track to the film which illuminates Bergman's already striking visuals. Finally, there are some liner notes on the film and a stills gallery featuring rare, behind-the-scenes photos.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The most hauntingly beautiful road-trip movie ever made, Wild Strawberries is at once profound and simple. This 1957 Ingmar Bergman masterpiece offers a portrait of a man's life within the events of a single day. An elderly doctor, Isak Borg (famed Swedish director Victor Sjöström), ventures off in the car with his daughter-in-law Marianne (Ingrid Thulin) to attend a ceremony honoring his 50 years of medical service. Rather than using a linear narrative, Bergman enhances the doctor's journey with reminders of his past: The people and places he encounters along the way trigger memories and reveries that bring him face-to-face with the meaning of his life (and his impending death). Bergman's remarkable dexterity with unconscious material makes the film's several dream sequences subtly chilling; they affect the rest of the narrative, and have inspired filmmakers ever since. This simple afternoon drive acquires the qualities of a daydream. With its unique combination of sharp, revelatory dialogue, evocative imagery, and careful symbolism, Wild Strawberries has a liquid clarity that is unforgettable.
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:
02/12/2002
UPC:
0037429162422
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
7,342

Special Features

Feature-length audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie; "Ingmar Bergman on Life and Work," a 90-minute documentary; stills gallery

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
Per Sjöstrand Sigfrid
Julian Kindahl Agda, the housekeeper
Gunnel Broström Mrs. Berit Almann
Åke Fridell Gertud's Lover
Gertrud Fridh Isak's Wife
Maud Hansson Angelica
Gunnel Lindblom Charlotta
Goran Lundstrom Benjamin
Yngve Nordwall Uncle Aron
Gio Petre Sigbritt
Sif Ruud Aunt
Gunnar Sjöberg Alman
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

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Isak Borg [2:34]
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 & Songs [2:51]
9. Sara, Anders & Viktor [3:08]
10. Hysteria & Catholicism [5:53]
11. Old Friends [2:51]
12. Philosophy & 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 & 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 & Son [2:03]
23. Childhood Memories [2:20]
24. Color Bars [:19]
0. Index
1. Fame & Anonymity [6:32]
2. "Who Am I?" [8:25]
3. "Dialogue With Childhood" [7:24]
4. Work & Chaos [6:25]
5. Swedish Society [2:48]
6. Persecution & Illness [9:09]
7. Writing [14:11]
8. The Demons [6:32]
9. Living With Grief [15:27]
10. "A Comfortable Chair" [13:37]

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