Film

How Ingmar Bergman Filmed Edvard Munch

In late 1972 the European director Ingmar Bergman released an ambitious feature film that caught the movie industry unawares. His third work in colour, Cries and Whispers portrayed the members of a bourgeois family confronting mortality in turn-of-the-century Sweden. To classify Bergman’s film as a period drama is to do this finely shaped production a disservice. Compared with the contemporaneous Death in Venice, Luchino Visconti’s 1971 interpretation of a Thomas Mann novella set at much the same time, it is obvious the director was not attempting an historical re-enactment. Instead, Cries and Whispers is a visually arresting production which places…

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