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by Ingmar Bergman
1966 / 83m - Sweden
Drama, Mystery
Persona poster

Plain forgettable

Cries & Whispers

by Ingmar Bergman
Viskningar och Rop
1972 / 91m - Sweden
Cries & Whispers poster

So far, the films of Ingmar Bergman haven't really impressed me much. Cries & Whispers is one of his better efforts I've seen so far, though my core complaints remain. While I don't mind a good drama film, I really can't deal with the overstated drama and the extremely expressive performances of the actors in Bergman's work.

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Karin and Maria have come to take care of their sister Agnes, who is extremely ill and bedridden. While they appear very concerned about Agnes' condition, flashbacks show a history of deceit, lies and jealousy. As Agnes' condition grows worse, the cracks in the relationships between the sisters start to show.

The cinematography is pretty solid for a Bergman film, it's also the first of his films I see that isn't black and white. The performances are terrible though and the drama is completely overdone. I'm sure this film has the potential to come off very deep and emotional, but I prefer a bit more subtlety when I'm required to take characters and their issues serious.

Smiles of a Summer Night

by Ingmar Bergman
Sommarnattens Leende
1955 / 109m - Sweden
Comedy, Romance
Smiles of a Summer Night poster

A film that is pretty intriguing, especially for dedicated fans of Bergman. The man is best known for his serious arthouse work, you wouldn't really expect him to do a certified romcom. People not really into Bergman shouldn't get their hopes up though, his signature is still very much present.

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The film takes place in a single night. A courtesan's daughter throws a big party, hoping to ditch her current boyfriend, a respected general. She also invites her ex-husband and his son. People mingle, including the maids, and romances start blossoming between the various attendees.

Though this is a romcom on paper, the weighty dialogues and stiff characters don't really gel well with genre expectations. It's cute to see Bergman go beyond his comfort zone, but it merely shows that he's not fit to work within stricter genre conventions. There's little joy, passion and/or romance to be found, though it's also not the worst thing he made.

Big nopes

Hour of the Wolf

by Ingmar Bergman
1968 / 90m - Sweden
Drama, Horror
Hour of the Wolf poster

The Seventh Seal

by Ingmar Bergman
Det Sjunde Inseglet
1957 / 96m - Sweden
Drama, Fantasy
The Seventh Seal poster

Irritation overload

Fanny and Alexander

by Ingmar Bergman
Fanny och Alexander
1982 / 188m - Sweden
Fanny and Alexander poster

Wild Strawberries

by Ingmar Bergman
1957 / 91m - Sweden
Wild Strawberries poster