The Best Intentions

The Best Intentions

Director: Bille August Cast: Samuel Fröler, Pernilla August, Max von Sydow

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The Best Intentions

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2016
UPC: 0857692005246
Original Release: 1992
Source: Film Movement
Region Code: 0
Time: 3:01:00
Sales rank: 43,427

Special Features

Closed Caption; New essay by film historian Peter Cowie

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
Ingrid Dahlberg Executive Producer
Kjell Gustavsson Makeup
Stefan Nilsson Score Composer
Jörgen Persson Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Best Intentions
1. Chapter 1 [14:58]
2. Chapter 2 [18:25]
3. Chapter 3 [14:38]
4. Chapter 4 [13:10]
5. Chapter 5 [18:41]
6. Chapter 6 [14:56]
7. Chapter 7 [14:48]
8. Chapter 8 [15:08]
9. Chapter 9 [16:51]
10. Chapter 10 [19:03]
11. Chapter 11 [17:58]
12. Chapter 12 [2:29]
13. Chapter 13 [:02]

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