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From the Life of the Marionettes (1980)

Aus dem Leben der Marionetten (original title)
R | | Drama | TV Movie 30 June 1981
An account of the events before and after a murder committed by Peter Egermann (Robert Atzorn), a disturbed businessman in a strained marriage, and what led Peter to perform such a shocking act.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman
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Credited cast:
Robert Atzorn ... Peter Egermann
Christine Buchegger ... Katarina Egermann
Martin Benrath ... Professor Mogens Jensen
Rita Russek ... Katarina Krafft
Lola Müthel ... Cordelia Egermann
Walter Schmidinger ... Tim Mandelbaum
Heinz Bennent ... Arthur Brenner
Ruth Olafs Ruth Olafs ... Nurse
Karl-Heinz Pelser Karl-Heinz Pelser ... The Interrogator
Gaby Dohm ... Frau Anders - Secretary
Toni Berger ... The Guard
Erwin Faber Erwin Faber ... The Servant
Heino Hallhuber Heino Hallhuber ... The Choreographer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doris Jensen Doris Jensen ... The Assistant in the fashion show
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Storyline

Made during Writer, Producer, and Director Ingmar Bergman's tax-related exile in Germany, the movie continues the story of Katarina (Christine Buchegger) and Peter Egermann (Robert Atzorn), the feuding, childless, professional couple who appear in one episode of "Scenes From A Marriage". After Peter perpetrates a horrendous crime in its first scene, the rest of the movie consists of a non-linear examination of his motivations, incorporating a police psychological investigation, scenes from the Egermanns' married life, and dream sequences. Written by Owen F. Lipsett <olipset1@swarthmore.edu>

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The Woman He's About to Touch is a Dream. The Murder He's About to Commit is Not.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Inspired by the movie project "Love with No Lovers", Writer, Producer, and Director Bergman tried to realize for many years. With the story of Peter and Katarina in the center, it instead became a piece of television drama. See more »

Quotes

Professor Mogens Jensen: You have so little respect for your fear.
Peter Egermann: Give me something to calm me?
Professor Mogens Jensen: Go out for walks. It does wonders for depression and grim thoughts. Then drink coffee or cognac. You'll feel better.
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Connections

References Persona (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Touch Me, Take Me
Performed by Rita Wright
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Surprisingly good, considering the criticism it received on release
13 January 2003 | by contact_scottSee all my reviews

A short comment - enjoyed this and it is up to the usual Bergmann standards. As with many of his other films sticking with some of the difficult opening scenes rewards the viewer later with a thought provoking account of one man's depression leading to violence and murder. In many ways Bergman is the jacques costeau of the film world, exploring the deep seas and bringing up to the surface what lies below!


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Country:

West Germany | Sweden

Language:

German

Release Date:

30 June 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

From the Life of the Marionettes See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,293
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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