Saraband Reviews

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November 1, 2007
With Saraband, the great writer-director has stepped back into the ring for one last epic wrestle with his demons. There is, as always, no easy outcome. But no one ever fought for higher emotional and spiritual stakes.
February 27, 2007
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
A parlour-room theatre of emotional cruelty, with all exits barred by the past.
December 2, 2005
While bringing an abundance of inspiration to this world, Bergman unapologetically refused to ignore the pain and darkness that infects mankind. There will never be another filmmaker like him.
October 8, 2005
Even if it is, as he claims, his last film, Saraband will be a testament to Bergman's skill as a filmmaker, still a creative force to be reckoned with after 60-plus years in the business.
September 9, 2005
The performances -- welling, unified and multidimensional -- are beyond praise, as are Bergman's visual images.
August 24, 2017
Certainly Bergman is what he is: the great man, with almost countless films to his credit.
August 7, 2012
It is existential gruel, ten portions of misery handed down from the master. Compelling and intense, it is also pitiless.
June 18, 2012
Saraband is a commandingly restrained final composition and -- as the theme of classical musicianship suggests -- very much an affair of close attention to the nuances of performance.
June 5, 2008
Bergman has a sharp talent for observing human conflicts without claiming to fully understand them.
February 28, 2008
So many great directors seem to go out with a whimper. Ingmar Bergman has gone out with a bang.
March 1, 2007
We find [Bergman]at 87, sifting through his pictures, wondering at the choices he's made.
June 3, 2006
It goes without saying that Saraband doesn't make for light hearted viewing. But this is a powerful, emotional family drama that can happily rank with some of Bergman's best work.
May 12, 2006
No one else could have made it, and you should see it.
April 1, 2006
Insightful as ever but a little dated in the set-up and treatment of the shooting.
February 1, 2006
Powerful and more than a little depressing, but it's also essential filmmaking for anyone who cares about one of the giants of cinema.
January 28, 2006
Any Bergman is better than most of the art-house dramas that have been shipped to the States from Europe in recent times.
January 18, 2006
It's easy to go out in style when you have style.
November 8, 2005
confessional outbursts are captured in lengthy takes, usually in mercilessly tight close-ups.... It's as if Bergman is taking X-rays of their souls.
August 26, 2005
Like the best of Ingmar Bergman's films, Saraband has a hypnotic quality that draws in audiences who are patient.
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