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Ingmar Bergman
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Date of Birth: Jul 14, 1918

Country: Sweden

Biography: Ernst Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish director, writer and producer for film, stage and television. His influential body of work often dealt with themes such as bleakness and despair, as well as comedy and hope, in his cinematic explorations of the human condition. Described by Woody Allen as "probably the greatest film artist, all things considered, since the invention of the motion picture camera", he is recognized as one of the most accomplished and influential filmmakers of modern cinema.

Total Titles at Criticker: 84 - You've Seen 84

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Thirst Thirst (1949)
Summary: Several stories by Birgit Tengroth intertwine. In 1946, nervous ballet dancer Rut and her husband Bertil are returning to Sweden from his scholarship tour around Italy. In a Basle hotel room and on a train they quarrel, give food through the window to starving Germans, overhear wisdoms about marriage by Swedish clergymen returning from a conference, and finally make up... (imdb)
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Brink of Life Brink of Life (1958)
Summary: The film takes place in a maternity ward within twenty-four hours. Cecilia Ellius is brought into the emergency ward after she starts haemorrhaging only three months into her pregnancy. She is suffering from a miscarriage and is brought into Room E, joining two expectant mothers, Stina and Hjördis. Stina is strong and healthy but her baby is overdue, while Hjördis is expecting an illegitimate child and has attempted an abortion.
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The Virgin Spring The Virgin Spring (1960)
Summary: Set in beautiful 14th century Sweden, it is the sombre, powerful fable of peasant parents whose daughter, a young virgin, is brutally raped and murdered by swineherds after her half sister has invoked a pagan curse (imdb)
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Frånskild Frånskild (1951)
Summary: Gertrud is being abandoned by her husband after 20 years of marriage. Offended and unhappy she leaves her home and rents a room. The landlady's son is drawn to her and tries to help her out of the loneliness. (imdb)
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This Can This Can't Happen Here (1950)
Summary: Political allegory aimed at the Soviet Union about the demonic Atkä Natas who spies on refugees in Sweden. Bergman has forbidden any public showing of the film. (ingmarbergman.se)
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Bildmakarna Bildmakarna (2000)  - TV Movie
Summary: The film director Victor Sjöström has been shooting Selma Lagerlöf's novel The Phantom Carriage. He has invited the author to Stockholm to show her a number of scenes from the film. The play is set in 1920 in a screening room at Svensk Filmindustri. In addition to Sjöström, those present include the talented cinematographer Julius Jaenzon, and the young actress Tora Teje, Sjöström's mistress and an object of Jaenzon's desire, appears. (www.ingmarbergman.se)
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Hustruskolan Hustruskolan (1983)  - TV Movie
Summary: The elderly Arnolphe has decided to marry a young woman, Agnes, whom he has fallen in love with. She is too young and innocent to realize what plans he has for her. But Agnes and Horace's young friend, the dandy Horace, have fallen in love with each other. Their love is a threat to Arnolphe's attempt at getting married. Can the cunning Arnolphe stop them? (imdb)
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Fårö-dokument 1979 Fårö-dokument 1979 (1979)  - TV Movie
Summary: A sociological portrait of a Scandinavian island called Faro, off the coast of Gotland in southeastern Sweden. Bergman was fascinated by the extremes in climate, which make the island unbearably cold and practically unlivable during the winter but quite mild and pleasant in the summer. (allmovie.com)
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Stimulantia Stimulantia (1967)
Summary: An anthology film, compiling personal short films made by several Swedish directors.
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De fördömda kvinnornas dans De fördömda kvinnornas dans (1976)  - Short Film
Summary: Four women are shown moving round a narrow and closed room. They represent 'generational' women, i.e., women who live by performing roles imposed upon them by women of earlier generations. Two of the dancers are damned souls coming alive, the third is death and the fourth a child, born unspoilt but forced into the pattern of role playing. The dancer who personifies death wears a black hood, not unlike the one Death wears in The Seventh Seal. (Ingmarbergman.se)
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Harald & Harald Harald & Harald (1996)  - TV Movie
Summary: This ten-minute reading of excerpts from the Swedish Government's Cultural Commission turned the report into a pompous satire. (Ingmarbergman.se)
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Markisinnan de Sade Markisinnan de Sade (1992)  - TV Movie
Summary: The setting of Madame de Sade begins in France in 1772 and ends twelve years later, nine months after the French Revolution. Six Women, one of them Madame de Sade, discuss their views and feelings of the notorious sadist and sodomist Marquis de Sade. (ingmarbergman.se)
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The Rite The Rite (1969)  - TV Movie
Summary: A judge in an unnamed country interviews three actors, together and singly, provoking them while investigating a pornographic performance for which they may face a fine. Their relationships are complicated: Sebastian, volatile, a heavy drinker, in debt, guilty of killing his former partner, is having an affair with that man's wife. She is Thea, high strung, prone to fits, and seemingly fragile, currently married to Sebastian's new partner, Hans. Hans is the troupe leader. (imdb)
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Dokument Fanny och Alexander Dokument Fanny och Alexander (1986)
Summary: A documentary of the making of Fanny and Alexander
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A Ship to India A Ship to India (1947)
Summary: The story of four disparate souls whose lives are bound up in the fate of an old salvage boat... (All Movie Guide)
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The Last Gasp The Last Gasp (1995)  - TV Movie
Summary: Bergman puts the initial performance of his first staging of his own script since the 50s at Filmhuset. (ingmarbergman.se)
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A Little Night Music A Little Night Music (1977)
Summary: Fredrik Egerman is very happy in his marriage to a seventeen-year-old virgin, Anne. Only she's been a virgin for the whole eleven months of the marriage, and being a bit restless, Fredrik goes to see an old flame, the famous actress Desiree Armfeldt. Desiree is getting tired of her life, and is thinkin of settling down, and sets her sights on Fredrik, despite his marriage, and her own married lover Count Carl-Magnus. (imdb)
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Medan staden sover Medan staden sover (1950)
Summary: ompa is unemployed - and not keen on getting a job. He still lives with his parents who are tired of his attitude about employment and regular hours. Jompa and his friends spend their time at nightclubs, cafes and doing petty crimes. While playing poker, Jompa becomes indebted to the criminal Kalle Lund. Of course, Jompa is unable to pay, but Kalle gives him a tip: an old fetcher has always a lot of money at home, and if Jompa could get his hands on the money, his troubles would disappear... (imdb)
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Kvinna utan ansikte Kvinna utan ansikte (1947)
Summary: Ragnar and Frida married solely because she was pregnant. Later he would have a passionate side-affair with Rut. Rut's sexual feelings were highly neurotic because she had been sexually abused by her stepfather. When the chimney sweep came, she seduced him and afterward felt dirty and desperate. She found and seduced Ragnar. From the beginning she interspersed mean attacks. During the war he was drafted, but deserted. He and Rut hired a room by the chimney sweep.
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Eva Eva (1948)
Summary: During WW2 in neutral Sweden, young sailor Bo, son of a railway stationmaster, comes home from the Navy and reminisces a childhood accident. At age twelve, he ran away in a steam locomotive together with a blind 10-year-old girl. The engine derailed, and the little girl got killed. Feelings of guilt haunt Bo even in his courtship with Eva, a beautiful local girl. In Stockholm, Bo sees a nightmare about plotting to kill his roommate Göran together with Göran's flirtatious girlfriend Susanne. (imdb)
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Spöksonaten Spöksonaten (2007)  - TV Movie
Summary: The Ghost Sonata relates the adventures of a young student, who idealizes the lives of the inhabitants of a stylish apartment building in Stockholm. He makes the acquaintance of the mysterious Jacob Hummel, who helps him to find his way into the apartment, only to find that it is a nest of betrayal and sickness. The world, the student learns, is hell and human beings must suffer to achieve salvation. (Wikipedia)
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Ett drömspel Ett drömspel (1963)  - TV Movie
Summary: This made-for-television film constituted Bergman's first production of Strindberg's A Dreamplay - a play he would revisit three times more. Gunnar Ollén's Malmö crew was behind this, for its time, prestigious and costly theatre production, involving more than 40 actors and no less than 75 extras. (Ingmarbergman.se)
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Ingmar Bergman: Om liv och arbete Ingmar Bergman: Om liv och arbete (1998)  - TV Movie
Summary: Documentary with Ingmar Bergman about his life and work.
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Ingmar Bergman: Intermezzo Ingmar Bergman: Intermezzo (2002)  - Short Film
Summary: An interview with Ingmar Bergman covering a wide range of topics.
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Persona: A Poem in Images Persona: A Poem in Images (2004)  - Short Film
Summary: Short documentary about Bergman's masterpiece.
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Light Keeps Me Company Light Keeps Me Company (2000)
Summary: Carl-Gustaf Nykvist's documentary about his father, Sven Nykvist. The film is based on Sven's memoirs with Sven himself as narrator. A journey to the place of birth, Moheda, constitutes the hub of the film and during the journey friends and memories emerge. (imdb)
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Bergmanya Bergmanya'ya Yolculuk (2011)
Summary: This is a cinematic pilgrimage by two young Turkish directors to their biggest source of inspiration, Ingmar Bergman. Their desire to approach even closer to Bergman and his work leads them to make this journey from their hometown Istanbul to Sweden, the land of Bergman. (IKSV)
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Liv & Ingmar Liv & Ingmar (2012)
Summary: The 42 year long relationship between legendary actress Liv Ullmann and master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. (imdb)
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Bergman: A Year in a Life Bergman: A Year in a Life (2018)
Summary: A documentary about the film director Ingmar Bergman, focusing on the year 1957, when he released both Wild Strawberries and The Seventh Seal.
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Federico Fellini - un autoritratto ritrovato Federico Fellini - un autoritratto ritrovato (2000)
Summary: This documentary offers a glimpse of Fellini as both a filmmaker and an individual as he faces interviewers from the Italian television network RAI on several different occasions. Finally, the documentary offers a rare glimpse of The Journey of Mastorna, a film Fellini began in 1967 but was unable to complete. (nytimes.com)
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Victor Sjöström: Ett porträtt Victor Sjöström: Ett porträtt (1981)
Summary: Documentary of the Swedish actor/director Victor Sjöström and his work - from Terje Vigen (1917) to Smultronstället (1957) Director Ingmar Bergman is interviewed about his memories of and experiences of Sjöström. (imdb)
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Bergmans röst Bergmans röst (1997)
Summary: A feature-length interview with director Ingmar Bergman recorded on January 13, 1997. It was apparently intended to only ever be screened at film festivals.
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Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie (1963)  - TV Movie
Summary: Vilgot Sjöman (I Am Curious -- Yellow 1967) and a crew from Swedish Television followed Ingmar Bergman during the filming of Winter Light and came away with a five-part documentary, including set construction, rehearsals, editing, and behind-the-camera conversations with Bergman and the cast and crew, and audience reactions to the film. (imdb)
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De två saliga De två saliga (1986)  - TV Movie
Summary: Viveka and Sune meet in the cathedral of Uppsala and bond over doubts about their faith and the goodness of the world. Choosing to retreat from society, the couple leave themselves no outlet for these doubts, which eventually consume them. (SM)
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Bakomfilm smultronstället Bakomfilm smultronstället (1957)  - Short Film
Summary: This behind-the-scenes footage from the shooting of Wild Strawberries was captured by Bergman himself on 16mm. The film was shot on location in Gränna and Lund, and in the Råsunda studios in 1957. (Karagarga)
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Oväder Oväder (1960)  - TV Movie
Summary: On the anniversary of Strindberg's birth, Swedish television theatre presented his chamber play Oväder, directed by Bergman. The production, which was also transmitted to Denmark and Norway, received mostly rave reviews and consolidated Bergman's standing as an outstanding television director. He was praised for his tact and sympathy in depicting old age, for his superior lighting and fine camera work and for his understanding of the intimacy of the TV medium through his use of close-ups. (Birgitta Steene)
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Herr Sleeman kommer Herr Sleeman kommer (1957)  - TV Movie
Summary: Stina Bergman, widow of Hjalmar Bergman, followed the various steps of this television production of her husband's work. She was reportedly very pleased with the result. So were the reviewers who felt that Ingmar Bergman was a television find with his dual experience of directing for the stage and the screen. Producers at SVT were of the opinion that this was the best theatre production so far on Swedish television. (Birgitta Steene, Ingmar Bergman, A Reference Guide)
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On Set Home Movies On Set Home Movies (2008)  - Short Film
Summary: Rare footage from the sets of several Ingmar Bergman movies : Sawdust and Tinsel (1953), The Seventh Seal (1957), Through a Glass Darkly (1961). (SM)
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Bergman Island Bergman Island (2004)  - TV Movie
Summary: As one of the leading auteurs of the 20th century, Ingmar Bergman made more than 50 features and has had an extraordinary impact on film making. This documentary visits him at home on the Swedish island of Faro, where he offers his final, brilliant thoughts on his masterpieces "Persona" and "Cries and Whispers," and the role played in his life and art by fear, love, death, music, humiliation and, in his own words, "the intensely erotic nature of film and theatre." (Film Forum)
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Fårö dokument Fårö dokument (1970)  - TV Movie
Summary: Fårö Document is Ingmar Bergman's first documentary. Having recently built a house on the island in the Baltic he was taken by the people who lived there and felt the need to document their everyday lives. (Ingmarbergman.se)
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Venetianskan Venetianskan (1958)  - TV Movie
Summary: Playful commedia dell'arte piece by unknown 16th century author. (Ingmarbergman.se)
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The Devil The Devil's Wanton (1949)
Summary: A movie director is approached by his old math teacher with a great movie idea: the Devil declares that the Earth is hell. The director rejects the idea, but subsequent events in the life of a writer, a friend of the director's, and a young prostitute he loves seem to prove the math teacher's idea. (imdb)
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It Rains on Our Love It Rains on Our Love (1946)
Summary: Put simply, the story theorizes that just because someone commits a criminal act, that someone isn't necessarily a criminal. Barbro Kollberg plays the unfortunate soul whose solitary indiscretion seriously jeopardizes his future happiness... (All Movie Guide)
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Shame Shame (1968)
Summary: Ingmar Bergman's psychological study of how humans react in a situation of war. The film takes place on Gotland, where invasion forces arrives. (imdb)
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Hour of the Wolf Hour of the Wolf (1968)
Summary: An artist in crisis is haunted by nightmares from the past in Ingmar Bergman's only horror film, which takes place on a windy island... (imdb)
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Through a Glass Darkly Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Summary: On an island, Karin, a recently released mentally sick young woman, is spending her vacation with her husband Martin... (imdb)
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Smiles of a Summer Night Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
Summary: A small town at the turn of the century. Lawer Fredrik Egerman has an ingénue-wife, Anne, and a grown-up son, Henrik, from an earlier marriage. His wife is still untouched, and instead he meets his former mistress Desiree after her performance at the theatre. They leave the theatre together and Egerman falls in one of the puddles. Desiree takes him to her home and Egerman changes into a night-shirt, owned by count Malcolm, Desirees present lover... (imdb)
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The Passion of Anna The Passion of Anna (1969)
Summary: Andreas, a man struggling with the recent demise of his marriage and his own emotional isolation, befriends a married couple also in the midst of psychological turmoil (imdb)
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The Serpent The Serpent's Egg (1977)
Summary: Ingmar Bergman's The Serpent's Egg follows a week in the life of Abel Rosenberg, an out-of-work American... (imdb)
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Private Confessions Private Confessions (1996)  - TV Movie
Summary: The autobiographical story of Ingmar Bergman's parents: his passionate but isolated mother Anna, and his stern, moral father Henrik - a Lutheran minister, and their icy marriage.
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In the Presence of a Clown In the Presence of a Clown (1997)  - TV Movie
Summary: Inventor Carl Åkerblom is a rosy-cheeked 54 year-old admirer of Franz Schubert - and a patient in the psychiatric ward of Akademiska Hospital in Uppsala, after having attempted to beat to death his fiancée, Pauline Thibault (imdb)
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Autumn Sonata Autumn Sonata (1978)
Summary: After having neglected her children for many years, world famous pianist Charlotte visits her daughter Eva in her home.
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Winter Light Winter Light (1963)
Summary: On a cold winter's Sunday, the pastor of a small rural church (Tomas Ericsson) performs service for a tiny congregation; though he is suffering from a cold and a severe crisis of faith (imdb)
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Scenes from a Marriage Scenes from a Marriage (1973)  - TV Mini-Series
Summary: Johan reveals to his wife Marianne that he has been having an affair and intends to leave her. She is distraught, and the film follows the trials and tribulations of the couple from that point onward. Originally a TV series screened in Sweden.
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Wild Strawberries Wild Strawberries (1957)
Summary: After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence. (imdb)
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Persona Persona (1966)
Summary: A nurse is put in charge of a actress who can't talk and finds that the actresses persona is melding with hers.
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Saraband Saraband (2003)  - TV Movie
Summary: In this sequel to Bergman's 1973 film "Scenes from a Marriage," Marianne and Johan meet again after thirty years without contact, when Marianne suddenly feels a need to see her ex-husband again. She decides to visit Johan at his old summer house in the western province of Dalarna. And so, one beautiful autumn day, there she is, beside his reclining chair, waking him with a light kiss. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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The Seventh Seal The Seventh Seal (1957)
Summary: A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (imdb)
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The Magic Flute The Magic Flute (1975)  - TV Movie
Summary: The Queen of the Night (Birgit Nordin) offers his daughter Pamina (Irma Urrila) to Tamino (Josef Köstlinger), but he has to bring her back from her father and priest Sarastro (Ulrik Cold). She gives a magic flute to Tamino and magic bells to the bird hunter Papageno (Håkan Hagegård), who follows Tamino and wants to find a wife. The duo travels in a journey of love and knowledge. (imdb)
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Fanny and Alexander Fanny and Alexander (1982)
Summary: The title characters are children in the exuberant and colorful Ekdahl household in a Swedish town early in the twentieth century... (imdb)
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The Silence The Silence (1963)
Summary: "The Silence" is about the emotional distance between two sisters. The younger one is still attractive enough to pick up a lover in a strange city... (imdb)
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Cries and Whispers Cries and Whispers (1972)
Summary: A family drama takes place in a mansion in the late 1800's. Karin and Maria watch over their sister Agnes' sickbed together with the servant Anna... (imdb)
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The Best Intentions The Best Intentions (1992)
Summary: The story of Ingmar Bergman's parents. In 1909, poor theology student Henrik Bergman falls in love with Anna Åkerbloom, the daughter of a rich family in Uppsala. After their wedding Henrik becomes a priest in the north of Sweden. After a few years Anna can't stand living in the rural county with the uncouth people. She returns to Uppsala, Henrik stays in the north. (imdb)
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Karin Karin's Face (1984)  - Short Film
Summary: A film based on the pictures from Ingmar Bergman's personal photo album, especially the pictures of his mother Karin (imdb)
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Dreams Dreams (1955)
Summary: Two women, a fashion editor nearing her mid-thirties and a model who's just twenty, go to Gothenburg for a photo shoot. Suzanne calls her lover, desperate to see him. Doris, the model, is stopped on the street by an elegant older man who offers to buy her the gown she is eyeing in a boutique window. Later that day, each women meets up with her man, and seduction seems imminent... (imdb)
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Summer with Monika Summer with Monika (1953)
Summary: Harry Lund, 19 years old, works at a stock-room for glass and porcelain. In the vicinity works 17 year old Monika at a stock-room for vegetables. Monika is a cheerful and happy young woman and when she sees Harry at a cafe she starts to talk with him. They fall in love with each other... (imdb)
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After the Rehearsal After the Rehearsal (1984)  - TV Movie
Summary: Rational, exacting, and self-controlled theater director, Henrik Vogler, often stays after rehearsal to think and plan. On this day, Anna comes back, ostensibly looking for a bracelet. She is the lead in his new production of Stindberg's "A Dream Play." (imdb)
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Torment Torment (1944)
Summary: Jan-Erik Widgren is a high-school senior. His Latin teacher, Caligula, is feared by everybody, both teachers and students. Widgren falls in love with Berta, who works in a tobacco store. She tells him that she is harassed by a mean, sadistic man, but does not tell him that it is Caligula himself. (imdb)
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Music in Darkness Music in Darkness (1948)
Summary: The heart-wrenching story of a wealthy, artistic young man who goes blind after an accident during military service and who must learn to live with his condition. (MovieMail-online.co.uk)
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Söndagsbarn Söndagsbarn (1992)
Summary: Little Pu spends a summer in Norrland with all his relatives. He and his brother get to hear the story about the watchmaker who hung himself, learns to shoot with a bow and follow his father on a bicycle trip. (imdb)
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The Touch The Touch (1971)
Summary: A seemingly happy Swedish housewife and mother begins an adulterous affair with a foreign archaeologist who is working near her home. But he is an emotionally scarred man, a Jewish survivor from a concentration camp who found refuge in the U.S.,and, consequently, their relationship will be painfully difficult. (imdb)
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Port of Call Port of Call (1948)
Summary: Berit is a young woman with problems. She is suicidal and depressed. Since it has been impossible for her to live with her mother, she has spent many years in institutions. She has now gotten a job in an industry on the condition that she can live together with her mother again. Their relationship is very tense however. One night at a dance she meets stevedore Goesta. Will he be able to give her the support she needs? (imdb)
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Crisis Crisis (1946)
Summary: Young Nelly lives a quiet life with her foster mother until her real mother makes an appearance. Attracted by the fancy dresses and daring adult life in Stockholm offered by her real mother, Nelly leaves the small town and discovers the darker sides of human nature... (imdb)
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To Joy To Joy (1950)
Summary: Stig and Marta are a young married couple who play together in the same Swedish orchestra. He is ambitious and idealistic, but she is more somber and contemplative (imdb)
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Summer Interlude Summer Interlude (1951)
Summary: Marie is a talented young ballerina. She meets Henrik, a wealthy college-boy one summer while staying at her uncles... (imdb)
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All These Women All These Women (1964)
Summary: The pretentious critic Cornelius is writing a biography on a famous cellist and to do some research he goes to stay in his house for a few days... (imdb)
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Face to Face Face to Face (1976)
Summary: A sensitive exploration of the tragic irony of the psychiatrist suffering with mental illness. Dr. Jenny... (imdb)
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From the Life of the Marionettes From the Life of the Marionettes (1980)  - TV Movie
Summary: Made during Bergman's tax-related exile in Germany, the film continues the story of Katarina and Peter EGermann... (imdb)
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The Devil The Devil's Eye (1960)
Summary: The devil has a stye in his eye, caused by the purity of a vicar's daughter. To get rid of it, he sends... (imdb)
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The Magician The Magician (1958)
Summary: When 'Vogler's Magnetic Health Theater' comes to town, there's bound to be a spectacle. Reading reports... (imdb)
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Secrets of Women Secrets of Women (1952)
Summary: Rakel, Marta, Karin and Annette are married to four brothers. While waiting in a summer cottage for their husbands to come home, they tell each other stories about their marriages (imdb)
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Sawdust and Tinsel Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)
Summary: On a gray morning, a circus caravan arrives in the town where Albert the ringmaster's family lives.... (imdb)
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A Lesson in Love A Lesson in Love (1954)
Summary: After 15 years of marriage, David and Marianne have grown apart. David has had an affair with a patient... (imdb)
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Faithless Faithless (2000)
Summary: Marianne is a theatre actress married to an orchestra conductor, Markus. She becomes involved in an affair with their director friend, David, which leads to a painful divorce and battle for custody of their daughter, Isabelle. Although all of them are merely fictional characters created by Bergman, their experiences become very real and traumatic for him. (imdb)