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Regarding this DVD version: Tartan has released several Bergman films on DVD that aren't otherwise available in the US. They're in PAL format, which may discourage American fans since they probably aren't playable on the typical television DVD player. But I've had success playing them on my computer's DVD player. For some reason computers are more flexible about formats. If you don't mind watching a film on your laptop, you may be able to view this and the other Bergman films Tartan has released.
Known for a plethora of films in his oeuvre such as "The Seventh Seal", "Wild Strawberries", "Fanny and Alexander", to name a few. Bergman is best known for films that dealt with existential questions of mortality, loneliness and religious faith. Many of the films, especially the characters are an expression of how Bergman felt at the time.
And many of his stylistic and conceptual themes were formed in his earlier work, especially stories that were set in summer. "Smiles of a Summer Night", "Summer with Monika", "Wild Strawberries", etc.
But one film that resonated strongly with Bergman was an earlier film from 1951 titled "Summer Interlude". Bergman wrote in his book "Bergman on Bergman", "For me Summer Interlude is one of my most important films. Even though to an outsider it may seem terribly passé, for me it isn't. This was my first film in which I felt I was functioning independently, with a style of my own, making a film all my own, with a particular appearance of its own, which no one could ape. It was like no other film. It was all my own work. Suddenly I knew I was putting the camera on the right spot, getting the right results; that everything added up. For sentimental reasons, too, it was also fun making it."
And for the many cineaste who have followed Bergman's work, many credit "Summer Interlude" as his "breathrough" film and featuring a style that would later be fully expanded in later films.
"Summer Interlude" is presented in 1080p High Definition black and white (1:37:1 aspect ratio). The video quality looks amazing considering that the film is 60-years-old.Read more ›
Bergman was a serious womanizer which is hinted at in a Summer With Monika featurette that would never be satiated in his lifetime regardless the chase and conquer. these films hint at the greatness bubbling under his surface and go beyond art house as far as substance and sustenance quantify. if I love them, you'll probably like them. be more, try them. go way beyond today's digital so "30 seconds ago" when timeless moments could happen, leaving you in awe and breathless. unconcerned with whom knew what, when, or if ever.
sweet, modest young man, changes a her adult life as a ballet dancer
Told in flashback, beautifully shot, and mostly well (if not quite
brilliantly) acted, this lovely film could have been even stronger if
the two leads both didn't look and feel much too old for their roles,
making their naiveté and innocence feel a bit forced.
But there's much that's moving and insightful here about youthful
idealism versus life's hard realities.
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One of Bergman's best. A must see for romantics who love films about lost love and that one time in your life you felt most vibrant and alive.
This is an early work by Bergmann. Incipiently it
shows and takes up many of the themes of his
later movies. It is a delight. A largely unknown delight.
Saw the film in 1960 and was first Bergman film I saw (and loved).
Had given up hope on ever seeing it again, but Criterion did a
superb job restoring it. Read more
They've been showing a huge number of Bergman films on Film4 on British TV. So, rather than buy a load of his movies, I have been taping them so I can watch them at my leisure, as... Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by T. S. C.
A strangely beautiful, sentimental movie, perhaps what one would call "maudlin". There are many premonitions of the masterpieces to follow notably "Wild... Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Dr. John E. Spivey
This movie was made by Ingmar Bergman, one of the greatest film makers in history. This was his tenth film and the first that showed the greatness to come. Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Tony Marquise Jr.
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