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Scenes From a Marriage (Criterion Collection) (1974)

Cast: Liv Ullmann, Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson, more...
Director: Ingmar Bergman, Ingmar Bergman
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Scandinavia, Criterion Collection
Subtitles: English
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Originally created as a six-part series for television, this film -- widely regarded as one of Ingmar Bergman's most powerful later works -- offers a close-up examination of a relationship as it slowly falls apart, and investigates the toll it takes on both parties. Johan and Marianne (Erland Josephson and Liv Ullmann) are a seemingly successful professional couple who have juggled careers as (respectively) a doctor and an attorney with marriage and children; when we first encounter them, they're being interviewed by a television reporter about what makes their marriage a success, an event contrasted by a later meeting with an openly bitter and combative couple (Bibi Andersson and Jan Malmsjö). But things are not always what they seem on the surface, and Johan announces he has become involved with a younger woman. Johan seems to give little thought to the harm he has done to Marianne, while she is devastated by his abandonment of her. After a stay in Europe, Johan returns to Sweden and visits Marianne; eventually, the divorced couple briefly comes together, but the damage done is too severe to mend. Focusing less on narrative than on a deep-focus portrayal of the thoughts and emotions of two characters, Scenes From a Marriage originally ran nearly 300 minutes in its original television edition; Bergman later edited the film to 168 minutes for theatrical release in Europe and North America. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Disc One contains Scenes 1-3.

Special Features:

  • 1986 video interview with Ingmar Bergman

GreenCine Member Ratings

Scenes from a Marriage (Criterion Collection) (1974)
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7.92 (72 votes)
Scenes from a Marriage: TV Series (Criterion Collection) (Disc 1 of 2) (1974)
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8.23 (65 votes)
Scenes from a Marriage: TV Series (Criterion Collection) (Disc 2 of 2) (1974)
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8.20 (59 votes)

GreenCine Member Reviews

edit of the show by rarcher March 29, 2004 - 6:05 AM PST
6 out of 8 members found this review helpful
this dvd is just the show edited down into one movie for theater viewing. he had to make this one for places where this would never get picked up for tv (like the u.s. where no one wants to watch subtitles and i don't think you could get away with saying "hard on" in the 70s)
so unless you want to compare the 2 versions, don't bother.
the series is the "complete" or "original" director's cut....

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