Criterion Collection · Drama · Germany · United States

The Serpent’s Egg (1977)

The Serpent’s Egg 1977 // Germany, USA // Ingmar Bergman The Serpent’s Egg has been considered as one of the weakest efforts amid Ingmar Bergman’s output, and perhaps best remembered as Bergman’s first film made outside Sweden during his exile due to the lawsuit of tax evasion in which Bergman eventually won the vindication at the… Continue reading The Serpent’s Egg (1977)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Music · Sweden

#71 The Magic Flute (1975)

#71 The Magic Flute 1975 // Sweden // Ingmar Bergman Criterion Collection (LINK) The low rating I gave to Bergman’s highly acclaimed The Magic Flute reflects my fundamental disinterest in “filmed opera” and, to a lesser extent, “filmed stage play” (for instance Bergman’s After the Rehearsal is another example). I find them aloof and boring,… Continue reading #71 The Magic Flute (1975)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Eclipse Series · Sweden

Ingmar Bergman: Part 1 (1946-50)

Ingmar Bergman: Part 1 (1946-50) Bergman100 (Letterboxd)   1. Crisis (1946) – Criterion The directorial debut of the great Ingmar Bergman looks like telling two stories in one film, uneven in tone with a sensationalist plot, discerning the unadorned countryside from the seductive big city by superficial characterization and maternal differences between two mothers. Still we… Continue reading Ingmar Bergman: Part 1 (1946-50)

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · Japan

#912 An Actor’s Revenge (1963)

#912 An Actor’s Revenge 1963 // Japan // Kon Ichikawa Criterion Collection (LINK) Kon Ichikawa’s oeuvre lies across a large spectrum, from anti-war fable to Olympic documentary, from farcical comedy to detective story, and above all, various literature adaptations from authors like Soseki Natsume, Junichiro Tanizaki and Seishi Yokomizo. The screenplays are often written by his… Continue reading #912 An Actor’s Revenge (1963)