WILD STRAWBERRIES
SMULTRONSTÄLLET
1957, Janus Films, 91 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman

Bergman at his finest: An aging professor (played to perfection by Victor Sjostrom, himself a great director of the silent era) reflects on the bitter dregs of his life as he approaches his final day of reckoning. To this day few filmmakers have gazed as deeply into the human heart as Bergman did here. Co-starring the sublime Ingrid Thulin as Sjostrom’s disillusioned daughter-in-law and Gunnar Björnstrand as his bitter son. With Bibi Andersson. In Swedish with English subtitles.


FANNY AND ALEXANDER
FANNY OCH ALEXANDER
1982, Janus Films, 188 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman

It’s Christmas at the mansion of the pleasure-loving Ekdahl family in 1907 - and Fanny (Pernilla Allwin) and Alexander (Bertil Guve) watch as their massive clan gathers for one of cinema’s greatest holiday celebrations, among its highlights their lovably rapscallion uncle Jarl Kulle. But after their theater-manager father dies and their actress mother (Ewa Froling) marries tombstone-faced Bishop Jan Malmsjo, the siblings’ world darkens radically to one of harsh family terrors. With sumptuous cinematography by Sven Nykvist. In Swedish with English subtitles.


AUTUMN SONATA
HOSTSONATEN
1978, Janus Films, 92 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman

In a long-planned collaboration with director Ingmar Bergman (ironically no relation), actress Ingrid Bergman (CASABLANCA) returned to Swedish cinema after 40 years to play a concert pianist coming home to an anguished reunion with neglected daughter Liv Ullmann. Bergman was nominated for an Oscar for her performance, in what turned out to be her last feature film role. In Swedish with English subtitles.


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