Friday, May 02, 2008

Smultronstallet (Wild Strawberries)

It was just over fifty years ago when Ingmar Bergman unleashed this masterpiece of a life reflected on the world and one can seriously argue cinema has never been the same since. To my knowledge there are two book out there on this one alone not to mention how many thesis papers have been written on it. As a work it is perhaps one of the most easily accessed of his films. The story is simple, a man in old age reflects back on his life through a series of dreams, visions and dreams within dreams. Though Bunuel used similar devices in his work it is Bergman who is acknowledged as perfecting them. Required viewing for all major film students this is suitable for all audiences though the Swedish language may throw you off at first and this is certainly one where you will want to unplug the phone, draw the curtains and lock the door.


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