FROM THE LIFE OF MARIONETTES
AUS DEM LEBEN DER MARIONETTEN
1980, Janus Films, 104 min, West Germany/Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman

Made during Bergman’s self-imposed exile in Germany, this drama offers a lacerating portrait of a troubled marriage and a complex psychological analysis of a murder. Unhappily married businessman Peter nurses fantasies of murdering his wife, Katarina, until a prostitute becomes his surrogate prey. In the aftermath of the crime, Peter and Katarina’s psychiatrist and others attempt to explain its roots. This compelling film moves seamlessly between dream and everyday reality, between lurid color and austere black-and-white, and the acting by the German cast is superb.


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