CRIES AND WHISPERS
VISKNIGAR OCH ROP
1972, Janus Films, 106 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman

Amid the blood-red backgrounds of a turn-of-the-century mansion and the atmosphere of a dream, Liv Ullmann and Ingrid Thulin keep a death watch over spinster sister Harriet Andersson, while flashbacks depict the disappointed lives, meaningless marriages and sisterly conflicts, with a final moving image suggesting what has been lost. In Swedish with English subtitles.


HOUR OF THE WOLF
VARGTIMMEN
1968, Park Circus, 90 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman

Artist Max von Sydow and wife Liv Ullmann take a trip to a desolate island and quickly become troubled by eerie visions - are they hallucinations or something more sinister? Ingmar Bergman combines elements of the horror film with his usual preoccupation with relationships in crisis to create a stunning work. In Swedish with English subtitles.


THE VIRGIN SPRING
JUNGFRUKÄLLAN
1960, Janus Films, 89 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman

In this period piece set in medieval Sweden, Max von Sydow plays a deeply religious rural farmer who questions his faith when his daughter is raped and murdered. His response to the crime facilitates a classic Bergman inquiry into the existence of God and the juxtaposition between brutality and beauty that informs daily life. An uncommonly poetic treatment of material harsh enough to have inspired, among many other films, Wes Craven’s LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT. In Swedish with English subtitles.


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