The Wind (1928)

VICTOR SJOSTROM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1928.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Scenario by Frances Marion, based on the novel by Dorothy Scarborough.  Cinematography by John Arnold.  Produced by Kevin Brownlow, David Gill.  Music by Carl Davis.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Edward Withers.  Costume Design by Andre-ani.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig.   Lillian Gish heads west from her native Virginia to live…

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Torment (1944)

ALF SJOBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Hets Sweden, 1944.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Martin Bodin.  Produced by Harald Molander, Victor Sjöström.  Music by Hilding Rosenberg.  Production Design by Arne Akermark.  Costume Design by Mimmi Tornqvist-Zedell.  Film Editing by Oscar Rosander.   Notable for being the first Ingmar Bergman script produced on film. A young student (an excellent Alf Kjellin) crosses…

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Wild Strawberries (1957)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Smultronstallet Sweden, 1957.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Gunnar Fischer.  Produced by Allan Ekelund.  Music by Erik Nordgren.  Production Design by Gittan Gustafsson.  Costume Design by Millie Strom.  Film Editing by Oscar Rosander.   Podcast:  My Criterions.  Ingmar Bergman’s probing, sensitive drama stars an excellent Victor Sjöström as a professor who is nearing…

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To Joy (1950)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Till Gladje Sweden, 1950.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Gunnar Fischer.  Produced by Allan Ekelund.  Production Design by Nils Svenwall.  Film Editing by Oscar Rosander. Ingmar Bergman directs this mildly satisfying melodrama about the turgid marriage between two musicians who meet while performing in the same orchestra.  We initially discover that…

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Crisis (1946)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Kris Sweden, 1946.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman, based on the play Moderhjertet by Leck Fischer.  Cinematography by Gosta Roosling.  Produced by Harald Molander, Victor Sjöström.  Music by Erland von Koch.  Production Design by Arne Akermark.  Film Editing by Oscar Rosander.   Ingmar Bergman made his directorial debut with this enjoyable melodrama. A young…

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