December 27: Smultronstället

Thursday, December 27 | 8PM Smultronstället aka Wild Strawberries Sweden 1957 d. Ingmar Bergman with  Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin and Gunnar Björnstrand. In Swedish with English subtitles. Black and white.  91 m

“Ingmar Bergman is still startled by the speed at which the years pass. He remembers the smallest things—toys, noises, smells, light….the phenomenon of old age wherein childhood memories return with ever-increasing clarity while great stretches of the prime of life vanish into obscurity is the nub of Wild Strawberries….Wild Strawberries won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1958 and was acknowledged around the world as the seal on Bergman’s career. Gunnar Fischer’s cinematography and the haunting regretful music of Erik Nordgren are beyond reproach. The warmth and gentility of Victor Sjöström’s performance render Isak Borg a character so sympathetic that the audience sides with him, however damning the accusations.” Peter Cowie

Links:  IMDB  Wikipedia  Bergman Foundation

See Also:  8 1/2 (Fellini, 1963), Stardust Memories (Allen, 1980) or Deconstructing Harry (Allen, 1997), Broken Flowers (Jarmusch, 2005)