Shame (Special Edition)
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- Brand-new digital film transfer presented in the original aspect ratio (1.33:1)
- Original Swedish audio and English audio
- Commentary by Bergman biographer Marc Gervais
- "The Search for Humanity" featurette
- On-camera interview with Liv Ullmann
- Photo gallery
- Original theatrical trailer
Top Customer Reviews
Bergman's films almost if not always conjure important issues. His films make you think. And, they, to me anyway, always have characters that we can relate to. His films leave an emotional impact on his audience. Watching films like "Wild Strawberries", or "The Seventh Seal", "Through A Glass, Darkly", "Persona", and "Cries and Whispers" they are all able to connect with the viewer. We feel for these characters. I've offen joked around and have said that the two characters in "Strawberries" and "Seal" are me! And "Shame" is just as powerful as any other Bergman film. The images we see on screen, grip us. They are intense, but, not like the way cop movies are. They are intense in a realistic point of view. "Shame" directed and written by Bergman stars Max von Sydow and Liv Ullman as Jan and Eva Rosenberg, former violinist, who have not played in some time. I assume this is due to the civil war that is happening. They live on a farm, far away from society. And, according to Jan (Sydow) that is a good thing.Read more ›
It is from a structuralist perspective, however, that the film proves to be a truly remarkable work. It is clearly allegorical, and like all allegories it invites interpretation. It suggests many things, all conflictual: the struggle of art against political and social brutishness (the broken violin, the ruined hands, the smashing of a piano, etc.) It suggests the defeat of simplicity (with an overtone of 'simple piety') in the face of human complexity, and ultimately free will. Jan and Eva are not simple people, yet they attempt the simple life as an escape from war. The war - the human condition in extremis - catches up with them and takes them over through death, prostitution, revenge. The film's most poignant moment occurs as the aspiring mother, Eva, comes across a slaughtered infant, mourns the death of innocence, as it were.
There are many other allegorical levels at which this film plays, all of them valid interpretations.
Yet it is as an allegory of love that the film held greatest power for me. It's hardly an uplifting view of love, but then Bergman never shies from the harsher portrayals of humanity.Read more ›
The performances are all first-rate, as you would expect, and it presents - along with "Persona" - a probling presentation of key contemporary problems and, like the former film, permits the possibility that their are no fixed answers. The fate of Sydow and Ullmann's characters are left uncertain and the outcome of the war, as well as the combatants, are never specified - the viewer is never given easy point to orient himself; everything is unknowable, elusive, destructive. There is no salvation for these careers, no "Schindler's List" (a film that would make any interesting companion to this one) to save them from these horrors.
"Shame" is one of the best films ever made about ordinary people reacting to the horror of war.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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The master Bergman shows the drama lived by the couple during the war, so amazing.
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A vastly underrated Bergman film. Sven Nykvist's stark black and white cinematography provokes an atmosphere of loneliness and alienation. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Baoba Mao
This is a movie about the couple Eva and Jan, played by Liv Ullman and Max von Sydow, living on the countryside of an island, formerly being performers of classical music. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Ram Lee
Dubbed a masterpiece by almost every critic I respect. I certainly thought this was a brilliantly
well made film, but one that didn't quite give me the kind of devastating... Read more
I saw Shame by Ingmar Bergman in 1971. It was a shocking and moving experience then, and holds up well today. Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by donato
Shame is one of Bergman's greatest works but as it wasn't printed on the Tartan format it never got so well
distributed. Read more
I am thrilled that this GREAT movie is available on DVD. It is so much more than a comment on war movie. It gets to the heart of who we are as humans! Read morePublished on March 8, 2010 by David A. Brand
Ingmar Bergman's 1968 effort SKAMMEN (Shame) is the auteur's only war film. Nevertheless, like all of his films from the Sixties, his main concern is human relationships. Read morePublished on August 25, 2009 by Christopher Culver
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