Skammen (Shame) (1968)
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Shame is grand master Ingmar Bergman's bitter and unsparing condemnation of war - all war, regardless of which side one chooses. The story begins with two ex-musicians, Eva and Jan Rosenberg (Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow, respectively) peacefully inhabiting a weathered house where they grow fruits and vegetables. The residence is located on a desolate, arid island in some unspecified geographic location. Many items in The Rosenbergs' house, such as the radio, aren't functioning properly, and an
Dec 23, 1968 Wide
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Ingmar Bergman stretches a classic Bergman couple on the tightening rack of war.
Despite its evident sincerity, the film seems less like an indictment of intellectual and artistic irresponsibility than a quiet mea culpa.
It ends with one of the cinema's most awesomely apocalyptic visions: not the cheeriest of films, but a masterpiece.
"What a wonder is a gun," opined one-time Bergman adapter Stephen Sondheim.
A tremendously profound and unsettling film about the indignities of war.
Shame draws the rutted map of war's psychology, in bold and grievous strokes recognizable to any audience, and liable to frighten and humble them all.
A powerful political statement, and a deeply humanistic one, without sentimentality or banal heroics.
Shame moves in deep waters: It shows, in the bleakest and most uncompromising terms, that the worst that war has to offer is the wounds it inflicts on the human mind.
Even by Bergman's standards this is a severe film, which may account for its commercial failure and some criticism.
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