DVD - 2019 | Swedish
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An examination of the violent legacy of World War II and a scathing response to the escalation of the conflict in Vietnam. Two musicians live in quiet retreat on a remote island farm, until the civil war that drove them from the city catches up with them there. Amid the chaos of the military struggle, vividly evoked by pyrotechnics and by Sven Nykvist2s handheld camera work, the two are faced with impossible moral choices that tear at the fabric of their relationship.
Publisher: [New York] :, The Criterion Collection,, [2019]
Edition: DVD special edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019.
ISBN: 9781681435503
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION SHA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : DVD video, sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
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DVD video
region 1,rdare
Alternative Title: Shame


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Jul 04, 2019

Written and directed by Ingmar Bergman in 1968, this swedish anti-war drama depicts the struggle of a politically uninvolved couple and former violinists whose home comes under threat by civil war.
Although the film tries to explore themes of shame, moral decline, self-loathing and violence, the script appears ill-contrived, and the war and violent events look fake and unbelievable.
After all, it turns out an imagined civil war.
No wonder it has been neglected for some time among other great anti-war movies.

May 02, 2019

Not to be confused with the movie of the same name in which we see Michael Fassbinder's wang. From 1968, this is one of the great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman ("Seventh Seal," "Persona") lesser known films, but has been released on DVD/Blu-ray for what I think is the first time. Two of Bergman's favorite actors, Max Von Sydow and LIv Ullmann, play married musicians living through a Civil War, in which it's unclear the sides or the reason. Bergman's point seems to be that for civilians, who suffer the most, it doesn't matter and the only heroism is survival. Audiences of the time were probably connecting it to Vietnam, but by not trying it to a specific conflict, it becomes universal. Like almost all his films, it's grounded in the psychological depths and nuances of the characters. It features no score.

Mar 09, 2019

Considered by some to be among his masterpieces, Ingmar Bergman’s polemic on the dehumanizing effects of war refuses to take a moral stance. We are never told why the country is so bitterly divided and in the end it doesn’t really matter for despite their different ideologies both sides end up looting, murdering, and blowing things up with equal conviction. It is the effects of this war on his two protagonists however that piques Bergman’s interest as mild-mannered Jan warps into something monstrous and level-headed Eva falls prey to numbing despair. Despite a shaky first half—was Bergman aiming for nightmare or reality?—this dark parable quickly descends past fear, anger, and madness (with a sombre allusion to "The Seventh Seal" ) until it finally lingers over a series of macabre closing shots torn straight out of Dante’s Inferno. Beautiful and terrifying.

Nov 27, 2013

excellent portrayal of the effects of war on ordinary citizens - who is fighting and why?

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