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Shame (1968)

Cast: Liv Ullmann, Liv Ullmann, Max Von Sydow, more...
Director: Ingmar Bergman, Ingmar Bergman
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Scandinavia
Running Time: 93 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
Shame demonstrates the futility of escaping the consequences of war. In 1971, the Rosenbergs, Jan (Max von Sydow) and Eva (Liv Ullmann), have retreated to an island off the coast of their unnamed country, which is embroiled in a civil conflict. Trained and employed as classical violinists, they make a modest living raising and selling lingonberries, though they continue to play their instruments. When a plane carrying soldiers crashes on the island, Jan and Eva see their lives changed in an instant as soldiers from both sides of the conflict overrun the island and fighting breaks out. The couple is arrested and charged with collaborating with the rebel forces. Colonel Jacobi (Gunnar Bjornstrand), an old friend of the couple, is in charge of the army defending the island, and he agrees to have the couple released if Eva will have sex with him. Shortly after Jan learns of Eva's betrayal, rebel forces gain the upper hand and order Jan to execute Jacobi, which he readily agrees to do. Not sure which side is safe to throw in with, the couple agree to leave on an early morning boat for another island, which is presumably sheltered from the conflict. ~ Tom Wiener, All Movie Guide

NOTE: MGM Home Entertainment will be releasing this correctly mastered Ingmar Bergman film on April 20.


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what a "Shame" by funnytoo December 5, 2011 - 3:28 PM PST
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that the film is in black & white, however, from the opening scenes all through to the bitter end, it became less and less important. Liv Ullman in her absolute prime is truly unmatched by anyone & Max Von Sydow superbly plays to her sultry yet intense portrayal of a young woman longing and losing - well worth watching.

Awesome portrait of the futility of war by highgrove March 28, 2009 - 9:22 PM PDT
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In an interview accompanying this film, Liv Ullmann calls this picture one of her finest achievements (those weren't her exact words, but that was the sentiment), and it isn't hard to see why. She registers an incredible range of emotions with her face, much like the greatest silent screen actresses, as she and her husband (superbly portrayed by Max von Sydow) go from living a somewhat normal life during wartime in an unnamed country to having their moral standards break down as the chaos of battle erupts around them. It is truly one of the finest films ever made depicting the cruelty of war against the civilian population, and is still immensely relevant considering the atrocities that are currently being committed against civilians in armed conflicts around the globe. I should have given it a ten, but it is so painful to watch that I am not sure I could ever watch it again. Unlike Bergman's other films, you do not have the slightest feeling of hope upon the ending of this picture.




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