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Scenes from a Marriage (1974)

Scener ur ett äktenskap (original title)
PG | | Drama | 15 September 1974 (USA)
Scenes from a Marriage chronicles the many years of love and turmoil that bind Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson) through matrimony, infidelity, divorce, and subsequent partners.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

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Ingmar Bergman
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Cast overview:
Liv Ullmann ... Marianne
Erland Josephson ... Johan
Bibi Andersson ... Katarina
Gunnel Lindblom ... Eva
Jan Malmsjö ... Peter
Rossana Mariano Rossana Mariano ... Eva, 12
Anita Wall ... Fru Palm, Journalist
Lena Bergman Lena Bergman ... Karin
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Scenes From a Marriage, is by far, Bergman's greatest creation. Following 2 characters, Marianne and Johan, the film, in typical Bergman exquisite style, examines ontological questions of love, loneliness, being and what it means to be 'fulfilled'. As with all of Betgman's films, 'Scenes From a Marriage', is not simply a narrative about a married couple and their 'ups and downs'. Bergman, successfully probes into what it means and feels like to need the love and/or security, validation of another person and the consequences of life-changing decisions. It is a must-see, from the greatest film maker there has ever been.

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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #229. See more »

Quotes

Marianne: Come lie on top of me. Mmm. People should make love on the floor more often. Johan, lock the door.
Johan: No one will walk in on us.
Marianne: You never know. I'm kind of a prude. Lock the door.
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Why are these movies allowed to have no plot?
20 July 2019 | by GiraffeDoorSee all my reviews

Incredibly uncharasmatic and annoying dissection of a relationship that might have intelligent things to say about relationships but as is typical of its writer, failed to create it with characters that command any pathos whatever.

If it has intelligence, it;s no more than they have in the average episode of Everybody Loves Raymond and they are able to convey the problems of the bourgeois family in a way that doesn't send me to sleep. Having an honest and truthful message, intelligently expressed does not a good movie make. That isn't a movie, that's an article in Cosmo.

No visual storytelling and a lot of conversation that conveys what a better film maker would be able to convey visually in its one half of a plot.

Some people just can't appreciate intelligent movies. Just because this found its audience and is apparently as inaccessible as it could be is not the same thing as being intelligent.


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15 September 1974 (USA) See more »

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