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I love these late 50s/early 60s foreign films. The films from France and Spain are good, but nobody - NOBODY - tops Bergman. I haven't got clue-1 what is going on and I only catch maybe 4 of every 5 subtitles; but the imagery is breath-taking. The subtitles that I do catch are existential and the dream sequences are a sight to behold. The technicals on his films are great to view and the black and white cinematography is awe-inspiring (too bad he learned how to use color). These films are great - particularly if you have not been a foreign film buff, these bergman films are where the new masters learned their crafts: from the old masters. 90/100.
- kevin sellers
Half surrealist fantasy, half Swedish road movie, and wholly absorbing, this is my favorite Bergman film. The dream sequences are properly disturbing, without being hopelessly obscure, and the stuff with Bibbi Anderson and her two male hitch hiking companions provide much needed lightness to offset this gloomy study of a 78 year old man who discovers how cold and selfish his life has been. A somewhat hopeful ending also goes a long way to relieve the misery fest. Acting is of course first rate, as per usual with this director. Victor Sjostrom, a renowned Swedish colleague of Bergman's, steps in front of the camera and is brilliant as the repressed, cruel, guilt racked Professor Isak Borg. Ingrid Thulin is wonderful as Borg's daughter in law, with her combination of pity and contempt toward him, and Anderson playing the two Saras, united in their cheerful sensuality, goodness and innocence, is the best of all. Without her shining presence this film would not have the light that is essential for all convincing explorations of darkness. Give it an A. P.S. Max Von Sydow as a gas station attendant? I don't know.
Truly, this movie touched my soul. I don't know exactly why nor can I explain it , there's a certain something there - there. I want to see it many more times . I'd like to live in it .
I thoroughly enjoyed this thought-provoking, sensitive film.
- Dashiell B.
Bergman's most humane & warmest of films. Sjostrom, formerly Sweden's biggest director, gives a tour-de-force performance as an elderly professor who is joined by his daughter-in law & hitchhikers to accept an honorary degree. The use of flashbacks & fantasies, we see a man rediscover himself, but never does Bergman show Sjostrom's self-knowledge through cheesy sentimentality. An engaging film with emotional honesty. I give it a 4.5/5.
Even though The Seventh Seal is slightly better, this one is a real winner. It's one of the best films of its decade. It's a must-see for everyone.
- Sven Jönsson
I enjoyed this movie very much. It was the best Swedish movie I've seen so far. I would like to see "Svenska Hjaltar" Expectations (1997) sometime as this too sounds like a good movie! Thanks foe having such variety and GREAT movies!Sven Jnsson