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)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Romance · Sweden

#614 Summer with Monika (1953)

#614 Summer with Monika 1953 // Sweden // Ingmar Bergman Criterion Collection (LINK) While Summer Interlude is the mourning of the unexpected loss of love and innocence and their transient nature, Summer with Monika, Bergman’s first international breakout hit, is the tug-of-war between the inexorable maturity into adulthood and the juvenile escapism from social confinement. The film… Continue reading #614 Summer with Monika (1953)