• It’s his second color effort—his first since 1964’s critically panned satire all these women.
  • Very complex characters- particularly Von Sydow and Ullmann—a lonely man with a habit of lying and a spirited woman possessed with the truth (quite a pair) and haunted by a tragic past
  • Small glimpse of possibilities of color with a stain glass window refracted on bare wall
  • 4th wall breaking interludes—you see an interviewer asking von sydow (by name) for insights into his character as you do with all 4 actors—von sydow’s “trying to express his lack of his expression” is wonderful
  • You have the bergman face-framing shot of max and Josephson drinking
  • Artificial lighting of sunset—magic hour
  • Omniscient narrator makes it feel like a doc at times
  • The best use of color (stain glass window and fake magic hour are nice) is ullmann’s blue eyes—it’s peculiar that she’s not in the first half of the movie
  • this film isn’t the ceiling-shattering use of color experiment cries and whispers would be in 1972
  • Ullmann’s one-take close-up monologue is devastating
  • A study of human suffering and isolation- unlike most auteurs of his stature bergman’s settings are often on an island on the water – not a city like most auteurs
  • 4 actor chamber drama—4 of his pros, bibi andersson and josephson
  • Metaphor for human suffering with the slaughtering of animals
  • Some stylistically bold choices but it doesn’t always even out
  • Black and white dream/flashback
  • Closet to top 10 but ultimately a recommend for me