The New Land (1972)

JAN TROELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Nybyggarna Sweden, 1972.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Bengt Forslund, Jan Troell, based on the novel by Vilhelm Moberg.  Cinematography by Jan Troell.  Produced by Bengt Forslund.  Music by Bengt Ernryd, Lars August Lundh, Georg Oddner, Nils Parling.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Ulla-Britt Soderlund.  Film Editing by Jan Troell.   The magnificent…

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The Emigrants (1971)

JAN TROELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Utvandrarna Sweden, 1971.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Bengt Forslund, Jan Troell, based on the novels by Vilhelm Moberg.  Cinematography by Jan Troell.  Produced by Bengt Forslund.  Music by Erik Nordgren.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Ulla-Britt Soderlund.  Film Editing by Jan Troell.   Max von Sydow plays a poor Swedish farmer who asks…

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The Virgin Spring (1960)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Jungfrukallan Sweden, 1960.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ulla Isaksson.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Ingmar Bergman, Allan Ekelund.  Music by Erik Nordgren. Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Marik Vos-Lundh.  Film Editing by Oscar Rosander.   An old Swedish legend is turned into gorgeous baroque drama by Ingmar Bergman in this deservedly famous,…

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Shame (1968)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Skammen Sweden, 1968.  Cinematograph AB, Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Lars-Owe Carlberg.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Mago.  Film Editing by Ulla Ryghe.   One of the most exciting of the many curious and wonderful chamber pieces that Bergman filmed on his home island of…

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The Passion Of Anna (1969)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  En Passion Sweden, 1969.  Svensk Filmindustri, Cinematograph AB.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Lars-Owe Carlberg.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Mago.  Film Editing by Siv Lundgren.  Max von Sydow is once again the lone island dweller whose peace is interrupted by three individuals: Liv Ullmann as an…

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The Silence (1963)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Tystnaden Sweden, 1963.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Allan Ekelund.  Music by Ivan Renliden.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Marik Vos-Lundh, Bertha Sannell.  Film Editing by Ulla Ryghe. Ingmar Bergman closes his ‘faith’ trilogy with a highly erotic, absorbing and expertly directed (if hopelessly pretentious)…

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Winter Light (1963)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Nattvardsgasterna Sweden, 1963.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Allan Ekelund.  Music by Evald Andersson.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Mago.  Film Editing by Ulla Ryghe.  ‘Yes Ingmar, it’s a masterpiece,’ Bergman’s then-wife Kabi Laretei told her husband, ‘But it’s a dreary masterpiece.’ No better description could…

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Through A Glass Darkly (1961)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Sasom I En Spegel Sweden, 1961.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Allan Ekelund.  Music by Erik Nordgren.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Mago.  Film Editing by Ulla Ryghe.   Four characters deal with God, love and insanity on a remote Swedish island in this pristinely…

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The Magician (1958)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Ansiktet Sweden, 1958.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Gunnar Fischer.  Produced by Allan Ekelund.  Music by Erik Nordgren.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Greta Johansson, Manne Lindholm.  Film Editing by Oscar Rosander. Max von Sydow is excellent as a conjurer who travels the countryside performing for villagers to…

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The Seventh Seal (1957)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Det Sjunde Inseglet Sweden, 1957.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman, based on his play Tramalning.  Cinematography by Gunnar Fischer.  Produced by Allan Ekelund.  Music by Erik Nordgren.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Manne Lindholm.  Film Editing by Lennart Wallen.    Podcast:  My Criterions. Visually stunning meditation on life and death by Ingmar…

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Smiles Of A Summer Night (1955)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Sommarnattens Leende Sweden, 1955.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Gunnar Fischer.  Produced by Allan Ekelund.  Music by Erik Nordgren.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Mago.  Film Editing by Oscar Rosander.   The beautiful, lyrical comedy-drama that inspired countless imitations and even a Broadway musical (A Little Night Music). A…

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