Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries) (1957)
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After exploring his disillusionment with religion in his previous films, Ingmar Bergman adopted a humanistic approach for this classic study in isolationism. Legendary Scandinavian director Victor Sjöström stars as Isak Borg, an aging medical professor who reassesses his life while journeying to his former university to receive an honorary degree. Borg travels with his estranged daughter-in-law Marianne (Ingrid Thulin) and revisits many of the landmarks of his past, conjuring up memories of his
Dec 26, 1957 Wide
Feb 12, 2002
Professor Isak Borg
Mrs. Berit Almann
Agda the housekeeper
Max von Sydow
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Gunnar Fischer's photography becomes ever more luminous and Sjöström's performance grows in greatness.
The relentless symbolism, and some rather heavy-handed dream sequences are off-putting at times, but Wild Strawberries has enough sorrow, warmth and profundity to make for sophisticated and rewarding viewing.
If some of the symbolism is a bit top-heavy, Bergman's richly evocative contrasts of youth with age more than compensate, as does Sjöström's majestic performance.
A reviewer must exercise some tact in discussing this picture. It is a work of such high and subtle art that the temptation is to run in with a smother of adjectives and a display of analytical explanation.
Bergman's often heralded masterpiece of European cinema is more than a formal delight. It's funny, touching, and very, very emotional.
Swedish master Ingmar Bergman delivered one of his greatest ruminations on love and life in this 1957 drama.
Several actors who were to form the director's virtual stock company are here, but it is Sjöström who is heart and soul of the film.
With unyielding moral precision no less austere for the lack of any religious conviction behind it, Bergman subjects his protagonist to judgment for the crimes of indifference and selfishness, and pronounces a verdict of "the usual" sentence: loneliness.
One of Ingmar Bergman's many masterpieces, this universal meditation on the meaning of life is extremely well-acted by Victor Sjostrom (also known as director) as ther aging professor.
It's most memorable due to the heartfelt sterling performance by the seventy-something Victor Seastrom.
A film of rare beauty and pain
Sjostrom, in his final film, delivers one of the finest performances in any Bergman film -- a major accomplishment considering the virtuosity that Bergman's actors consistently display.
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