It has been a while since I Bergmaned. This was always one of my favorites and I think it holds up pretty well. Liv Ullman is a gift from god – when the film pulls away from her for a while I miss her. Bergman’s women are usually more interesting than his men anyway.
I hate hippies. This was okay, but I must admit it is odd going from mostly knowing Blank as a chronicler of lower class society, to the petty bourgeoisie of the 60s counter culture. That and the lack of sync sound really make it stand out, but I am glad for its inclusion in the set as it breaks up a lot of assumptions and makes you reconsider his body of work in a more complete manner.
Another one of my all time favorites. Because of a project I have been working on the last few years I have watched this many times and I still marvel at it’s power over me. It is so simple and in a way utilitarian that when I watch it I find I have forgot how basic the elements are. Cinema stripped to it’s heart.