Ingmar Bergman Special Edition Dvd Collection

Ingmar Bergman Special Edition Dvd Collection

Director: Ingmar Bergman Cast: Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, David Carradine

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The Hour of the Wolf (original Swedish title: Vargtimmen) is Ingmar Bergman's spin on the demons that plague his fellow creative artists. Max von Sydow plays a painter who, while spending a summer in seclusion with his pregnant wife Liv Ullmann, is visited by bizarre and disturbing visions. Before long, Ullmann is also experiencing her husband's hallucinations; one of these, an old, faceless woman, advises Ullmann to read Von Sydow's diary. Doing so, Ullmann discovers that her husband has been cheating on her with Ingrid Thulin. In the subsequent domestic squabble, Von Sydow shoots and wounds his wife. The artist's punishment for this behavior is to have his lover, now dead, spring back to life and humiliate him in full view of Ullmann. Hour of the Wolf has something to say about the dangers of artists becoming too self-centered and self-involved; one hopes that most artists are not as thoroughly punished (or punishable) as Max Von Sydow.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.The Serpent's Egg, or Das Schlangenei is director Ingmar Bergman's second English language production (The Touch was his first). It is, however, his first completely non-Swedish production, made after his voluntary self-exile from Sweden over taxation issues. Set in Berlin in the early 1920s, it explores the fear and despair the city evokes in Manuela and Abel Rosenberg (Liv Ullmann and David Carradine), two Jewish trapeze artists. The suicide of Manuela's husband (Abel's brother), has stranded them in Berlin. Berlin is shown to already possess the sinister elements of cruelty and anti-Semitism which laid the groundwork for the later Nazi takeover. A series of misadventures gets them sent to a medical clinic for treatment. However, the clinic is actually a site for Nazi-type "racial" experiments on humans, which generally either madden or kill the subjects. Das Schlangenei was savaged by the critics for its improbable-seeming story and more particularly, for casting David Carradine (best known for his earlier appearances in the Kung Fu U.S. television series) in a crucial role.Persona is difficult to characterize in simple terms, but it may be helpful to describe this complex film as being an exploration of identity that combines elements of drama, visual poetry, and modern psychology. The central story revolves around a young nurse named Alma (Bibi Andersson) and her patient, a well-known actress named Elisabet Vogler (Liv Ullmann). Elisabet has stopped speaking, and the attending psychiatrist treats the actress by sending her to an isolated seaside cottage under Alma's care. There the nurse, who must do all the talking for both women, becomes a little enamored of the actress. One evening Alma tells Elisabet about some exhilarating sexual experiences she once had and their unpleasant aftermath. Soon after sharing this confidence, the nurse reads a letter Elisabet has written and is shocked to learn that the actress thinks of her as an amusing study. The relationship between the women becomes tense, and they wound each other. Then Alma has a long dream in which her identity merges with that of Elisabet, but when the nurse awakes, both women have apparently come to at least temporary terms with their psychological problems. ~ All Movie GuideShame demonstrates the futility of escaping the consequences of war. In 1971, the Rosenbergs, Jan (Max von Sydow) and Eva (Liv Ullmann), have retreated to an island off the coast of their unnamed country, which is embroiled in a civil conflict. Trained and employed as classical violinists, they make a modest living raising and selling lingonberries, though they continue to play their instruments. When a plane carrying soldiers crashes on the island, Jan and Eva see their lives changed in an instant as soldiers from both sides of the conflict overrun the island and fighting breaks out. The couple is arrested and charged with collaborating with the rebel forces. Colonel Jacobi (Gunnar Bjornstrand), an old friend of the couple, is in charge of the army defending the island, and he agrees to have the couple released if Eva will have sex with him. Shortly after Jan learns of Eva's betrayal, rebel forces gain the upper hand and order Jan to execute Jacobi, which he readily agrees to do. Not sure which side is safe to throw in with, the couple agree to leave on an early morning boat for another island, which is presumably sheltered from the conflict.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/2004
UPC: 0027616902252
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Letterbox]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 8:13:00

Special Features

Audio commentary by Bergman biographer Marc Gervais on Persona, Shame, Hour of the Wolf, and The Passion of Anna; audio commentary by David Carradine on The Serpent's Egg; interviews with Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, and Bibi Andersson; eight featurettes; Elliott Gould reads The Passion of Anna (with photos); photo galleries; original theatrical trailers; a bonus disc featuring "Intermezzo," a rare conversation with Ingmar Bergman; an interview with Ingmar Bergman (1970); American Cinematographer, April 1972, "Filming in Sweden": a collection of original articles on the works of Bergman.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bibi Andersson Nurse Alma,Eva
Liv Ullmann Alma,Anna,Eva,Manuela Rosenberg,Actress Elisabeth Vogler
David Carradine Abel Rosenberg
Max von Sydow Jan,Johan,Andreas
Erland Josephson Baron Von Merkens,Elis
Gert Fröbe Inspector Bauer
Gunnar Björnstrand Jacobi,Mr. Vogler
Margareta Krook doctor
Gertrud Fridh Corinne Von Merkens
Hans Alfredson Lobelius
Heinz Bennent Dr. Hans Vergerus
Bertil Anderberg Ernst Von Merkens
Birgitta Valberg Mrs. Jacobi
Erik Hell Johan Andersson
James Whitmore The Priest
Jörgen Lindström Elisabet's Young Son

Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director

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