Scenes From a Marriage (The Criterion Collection)
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- Three-disc edition includes 163-minute U.S. theatrical version and the original five-hour television version
- High-definition digital transfers with restored elements and new and improved subtitles
- An interview with film scholar Peter Cowie comparing the two versions
- A new interview with the two lead actors, Liv Ullman and Erland Josephson
- A 1986 interview with director Ingmar Bergman
- New essay by Phillip Lopate
Top Customer Reviews
The film was shot in 16mm which is grainier than a 35mm film, and this High-Def transfer even represents the peculiar material textuality of the grain structure of a photographic film stock. Some DVD aficionados might object to this un-digital look, but that actually makes the film more soft, warm, and human. It actually looks better than 35mm release prints of the 3 hours version.
I first started to watch the TV series around midnight, thinking maybe I will watch just the first episode and go to bed, and would continue to watch one episode every night. What happened? I kept watching until 5 in the morning, and was so excited I didn't feel like going to bed so also watched the supplements. The next evening I watched the 3 hours theatrical cut, finishing it with a burning desire of going back to the TV series.
With the consistent strength of his works, as well as his high reputation lasting for the last fifty years, it is hard to realize that Ingmar Bergman is actually a very flexible filmmaker, whose career is marked with constant transformations of style and subject matter. But comparing his greatest films such as SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT, MONIKA, THE SEVENTH SEAL, THE SILENCE, PERSONA, CRIES AND WHISPERS, AUTUMN SONATA and FANNY AND ALEXANDER, one should be surprised with the wide variety of his dramatic body of works which is constantly renewing itself.
SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE is a radical film.Read more ›
The opening scene is an interview with Johan (Erland Josephson) and his wife, Marianne (Liv Ullman) about their marriage. Self-satisfied Johan preens as he describes how perfect they are as a couple. Marianne, deferential, beams with quiet pride at his side. Despite their warm words, their bodies seem oddly out of rythym with each other, a clue to further cracks we soon see in the couple's smooth façade. She's not as devoted to their sex life as he is, and both of them resent the tyrannical sway of her parents. We watch Marianne try to tell her mother that they won't be coming as usual for Sunday dinner, and then quickly back off when her mother objects.
Johan is a closet poet. When he shares some poems with an old college friend, she tells him not to bother sending them to a publisher. In a quietly devastating aside, she tells him that back in their university days, their entire circle thought that Johann would advance much further than the rest of them. The implication is, of course, that he hasn't. Stalled in mid-career as a researcher, and chafed by the demands of domesticity, Johan undergoes a classic midlife crisis. He comes home from work one night and tells Marianne that he's fallen in love with a twenty-four year old colleague.Read more ›
Basically, the point of the film, in my view anyway, is to show that Marianne and Johan love eachother SO MUCH that marriage only restricts this love. They get along BEAUTIFULLY (they really do, unlike while they were married, when they just SAID that they get along tremendously) in the last Scene, when they are finally divorced and remarried to different people. Bergman's point surely was to show that marriage can be a bad idea.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the natural style of the camera. Who doesn't love Bergman? Funny and deep.Published 29 days ago by Kindle Customer
The subtitles were poor. There was only a single subtitle for every three or four lines. No way to get the complete story.Published 23 months ago by A customer
Great job of demonstrating growth through marriage conflict. Demonstrates intimacy separate from sex and marriage and different perspectives of men and women.Published on April 26, 2014 by Lynn A. Carpenter
I have seen about 25 movies of Ingmar Bergman, and I used to consider this his best one.
After first watching 'Scenes from a marriage' (the theatrical version) I was... Read more
A timeless portrait of a marriage that is as relevant today as it was forty years ago. Bergman at his best.Published on August 27, 2013 by JOHN W. MORRIS
This is one of those great works of art that one should see at different stages of life. As a youth, this appeared to me as the most depressing failure and dependency, though I... Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by Robert J. Crawford
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