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Saraband Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
August 21, 2005
Rumored to be the Swedish maestro's swansong, this is a major work with all the thematic and formal features, an uncompromisingly harrowing family portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 14, 2005
A pure distillation of the great director's ongoing themes of the frailty of the human psyche and mankind's willful inability to accept the inevitable, whatever that may be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
August 13, 2005
clearly understands how to involve the audience with his somber material
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
August 12, 2005
For those inclined to search for psychological twists, the film offers plenty of Freudian situations capable of provoking lengthy discussions. For the film buff, the discussions will turn to a Bergman still at the peak of his craft.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Piet Levy
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 11, 2005
A good note to end on for a filmmaker renowned for his greatness.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 11, 2005
A stunning and complex final bow from a stunning and complex artist.
| Original Score: A-
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
August 10, 2005
...a chronicle of how bitterness only hardens over time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 10, 2005
The message is the medium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Mohan
August 5, 2005
A fitting coda to a career that forced audiences worldwide to reconsider the capabilities of an entire art form.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 5, 2005
Partly an internalized memory play and partly a strident drama in the vein of Strindberg or Ibsen, Ingmar Bergman's latest swan song to cinema bears the mark of a master.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 5, 2005
The performances are perfectly distilled, but the traits I dislike in Bergman are all here -- self-pity, brutality, spiritual constipation, and an unwillingness to try to overcome these difficulties.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 5, 2005
What remain intact are the filmmaker's unbreakable heart, lyrical soul and sublime art. So why should we say goodbye? Instead: Bravo. Encore.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 5, 2005
Saraband, flat and static both visually and thematically, doesn't begin to approximate the austere beauty of the director's art-house classics.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
August 4, 2005
Saraband shows absolutely no sign that Bergman has run out of things to say or ways to say them -- it is as fresh and direct as any he's made.
| Original Score: 5/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
August 4, 2005
Worth watching, even if it feels a bit musty and mothballed. Consider Saraband a footnote to Bergman's brilliant career.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 4, 2005
Powerfully, painfully honest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
July 30, 2005
Bergman is an acquired taste. For my money, these folks are too self-involved and needy to sustain my interest.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 29, 2005
A poignant, powerful valedictory from one of the true masters of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 29, 2005
Bergman may find little with which to console himself, but he's still able to look at suffering with an intensity that's unlike any other the movies have ever known.
| Original Score: B+
Eric D. Snider
July 28, 2005
Ullmann and Josephson are old Bergman pros and have evidently learned, over the decades, how to act the roles he assigns them naturally and flawlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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