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THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY
SÅSOM I EN SPEGEL
1961, Janus Films, 89 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman

Winner of the 1962 Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film and featuring an astonishing lead performance by Harriet Andersson, Bergman’s film presents an unflinching vision of a family’s near disintegration. While vacationing on a remote island retreat, a family’s already fragile ties are tested when daughter Karin (Andersson) discovers her father has been using her schizophrenia for his own literary means. As she drifts in and out of lucidity, Karin’s father (Gunnar Björnstrand), husband (Max von Sydow) and younger brother (Lars Passgård) are unable to prevent her harrowing descent into the abyss of mental illness. In Swedish with English subtitles.


THE SEVENTH SEAL
DET SJUNDE INSEGLET
1957, Janus Films, 92 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman

Arguably Ingmar Bergman’s most iconic film and the movie that helped create the international arthouse-cinema craze of the 1950s. While the Black Plague rages all around, medieval knight Max von Sydow plays a game of chess with Death … but who will win? Often imitated and parodied but never equaled, THE SEVENTH SEAL is an astonishing, protean masterpiece: a film to storm the gates of Heaven with. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes. "Bergman's spiritual quest is at the center of the films he made in the middle of his career. THE SEVENTH SEAL opens that period, in which he asked, again and again, why God seemed absent from the world." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


THE EXORCIST
1973, Warner Bros., 121 min, Dir: William Friedkin

William Friedkin adapted William Peter Blatty’s bone-chilling best-seller into the classic American horror film in which Catholic priests Jason Miller and Max von Sydow go head-to-head with the unholy one, inhabiting the body of young Linda Blair. "I auditioned 500 girls and went with Linda because I felt she was the most intelligent, most pulled-together youngster I had ever met." - Friedkin. With Ellen Burstyn.


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