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Ingmar Bergman
July 14, 1918 - July 30, 2007 (age 89)
Ernst Ingmar Bergman (14 July 1918 – 30 July 2007) was a Swedish director, writer, and producer who worked in film, television, theatre and radio. He is recognized as one of the most accomplished and influential filmmakers of all time, and is most famous for films such as The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957), Persona (1966), Cries and Whispers (1972) and Fanny and Alexander (1982). Also... full bio
The Seventh Seal
[1957]
 
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Movie | Drama, Fantasy | 1h 36min
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A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.
Persona
[1966]
 
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Movie | Drama, Thriller | 1h 23min
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A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personas are melding together.
Fanny and Alexander
[1982]
 
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Movie | Drama | 3h 8min
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Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls.
Wild Strawberries
[1957]
 
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Movie | Drama, Romance | 1h 31min
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After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence.
Cries & Whispers
[1972]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 31min
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When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface.
Autumn Sonata
[1978]
 
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Movie | Drama, Music | 1h 39min
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A married daughter who longs for her mother's love gets visited by the latter, a successful concert pianist.
Saraband
[2003]
 
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TV Movie | Drama, Music | 1h 47min
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Marianne, some thirty years after divorcing Johan, decides to visit her ex-husband at his summer home. She arrives in the middle of a family drama between Johan's son from another marriage and his granddaughter.
The Virgin Spring
[1960]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 29min
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An innocent yet pampered young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way.
Through a Glass Darkly
[1961]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 29min
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Recently released from a mental hospital; Karin rejoins her emotionally disconnected family and their island home, only to slip from reality as she begins to believe she is being visited by God.
Winter Light
[1963]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 21min
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A small town priest struggles with his faith.
Hour of the Wolf
[1968]
 
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Movie | Drama, Horror | 1h 30min
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While vacationing on a remote Scandanavian island with his younger pregnant wife, an artist has an emotional breakdown while confronting his repressed desires.
The Silence
[1963]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 36min
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Two estranged sisters, Ester and Anna, and Anna's 10-year-old son travel to the Central European country on the verge of war. Ester becomes seriously ill and the three of them move into a hotel in a small town called Timoka.
Shame
[1968]
 
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Movie | Drama, War | 1h 43min
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Ingmar Bergman's psychological study of how humans react in a situation of war. The film takes place on Gotland, where invasion forces arrive.
Smiles of a Summer Night
[1955]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Romance | 1h 48min
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It's late nineteenth century Sweden. Middle aged lawyer Fredrik Egerman and his nineteen year old current wife Anne Egerman's two-year marriage has not yet been consummated. Fredrik wants to give Anne as much time as she needs to feel comfortable before losing her virginity. Although she loved Fredrik when they got married, Anne realizes she is attracted to Fredrik's adult son, Henrik Egerman, a brooding... see more
Summer with Monika
[1953]
 
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Movie | Drama, Romance | 1h 36min
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A pair of teenagers meet one summer day, start a reckless affair and abandon their families to be with one another.
The Passion of Anna
[1969]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 41min
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Andreas, a man struggling with the recent demise of his marriage and his own emotional isolation, befriends a married couple also in the midst of psychological turmoil. In turn he meets Anna, who is grieving the recent deaths of her husband and son. She appears zealous in her faith and steadfast in her search for truth, but gradually her delusions surface. Andreas and Anna pursue a love affair, but... see more
The Magician
[1958]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama | 1h 40min
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When 'Vogler's Magnetic Health Theater' comes to town, there's bound to be a spectacle. Reading reports of a variety of supernatural disturbances at Vogler's prior performances abroad, the leading townspeople (including the police chief and medical examiner) request that their troupe provide them a sample of their act, before allowing them public audiences. The scientific-minded disbelievers try to... see more
The Serpent's Egg
[1977]
 
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Movie | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 1h 59min
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Following the suicide of his beloved brother and deaths of even the most distant acquaintances, Abel Rosenberg attempts to discover the truth while facing depression, alcoholism, and anti-semitism.
Face to Face
[1976]
 
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Movie | Drama, Fantasy | 1h 54min
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A sensitive exploration of the tragic irony of the psychiatrist suffering with mental illness. Dr. Jenny Isaksson is a psychiatrist married to another psychiatrist; both are successful in their jobs but slowly, agonizingly, she succumbs to a breakdown. Jenny is haunted by images and emotions from her past and eventually cannot function, either as a wife, a doctor or as an individual.
Sawdust and Tinsel
[1953]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 33min
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While traveling in caravan through the country of Sweden, one member of the decadent Alberti Circus tells the owner and ringmaster Albert Johansson a sad story about the clown Frost: seven years ago, his wife Alma was surprised by him bathing naked in a lake with a regiment. When the circus arrives in the town where Albert's wife Agda and sons live, he decides to pay a visit with his young mistress... see more
TV Movie | Drama | 1h 44min
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Made during Bergman's tax-related exile in Germany, the film continues the story of Katarina and Peter EGermann, the feuding, childless, professional couple who appear in one episode of "Scenes From A Marriage." After Peter perpetrates a horrendous crime in its first scene, the rest of the film consists of a non-linear examination of his motivations, incorporating a police psychological investigation... see more
Summer Interlude
[1951]
 
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Movie | Drama, Romance | 1h 36min
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While waiting for the night rehearsal of the ballet Swan Lake, the lonely twenty-eight year-old ballerina Marie receives a diary through the mail. She travels by ferry to an island nearby Stockholm, where she recalls her first love Henrik. Thirteen years ago, while traveling to spend her summer vacation with her aunt Elisabeth and her uncle Erland, Marie meets Henrik in the ferry and sooner they fall... see more
After the Rehearsal
[1984]
 
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TV Movie | Drama | 1h 10min
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Rational, exacting, and self-controlled theater director, Henrik Vogler, often stays after rehearsal to think and plan. On this day, Anna comes back, ostensibly looking for a bracelet. She is the lead in his new production of Stindberg's "A Dream Play." She talks of her hatred for her mother, now dead, an alcoholic actress, who was Vogler's star and lover. Vogler falls into a reverie, remembering a... see more
The Devil's Eye
[1960]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 1h 27min
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The devil has a stye in his eye, caused by the purity of a vicar's daughter. To get rid of it, he sends Don Juan up from hell to seduce the 20 year old Britt-Marie and to rob her of her virginity and her belief in love. She however can resist him and things get even turned around when Don Juan falls in love with her. The fact that he feels love for the first time now, makes him even less attractive... see more
The Rite
[1969]
 
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TV Movie | Drama | 1h 12min
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A judge in an unnamed country interviews three actors, together and singly, provoking them while investigating a pornographic performance for which they may face a fine. Their relationships are complicated: Sebastian, volatile, a heavy drinker, in debt, guilty of killing his former partner, is having an affair with that man's wife. She is Thea, high strung, prone to fits, and seemingly fragile, currently... see more
A Lesson in Love
[1954]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1h 36min
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After 15 years of marriage, David and Marianne have grown apart. David has had an affair with a patient of his and Marianne has got herself involved with her former lover Carl-Adam, who's also David's best friend. When she travels to Copenhagen to meet Carl-Adam, David takes the same train as she does, making it look coincidental. Spending time together remembering their past and talking about their... see more
In the Presence of a Clown
[1997]
 
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TV Movie | Drama | 1h 59min
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Inventor Carl Åkerblom is a rosy-cheeked 54 year-old admirer of Franz Schubert - and a patient in the psychiatric ward of Akademiska Hospital in Uppsala, after having attempted to beat to death his fiancée, Pauline Thibault. Together with another patient, Professor Osvald Vogler, they set up a film project: the living talkie. Before long, they set off on a frantic tour with their film, "The Joy of... see more
Dreams
[1955]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 27min
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In Stockholm, the fashion photographer Susanne Frank misses her married lover Henrik Lobelius that lives in Gothenburg with his wife and children, and the naive twenty years old model Doris has a troubled relationship with her boy friend Palle Palt. Susanne schedules a session of photo shoots in Gothenburg with Doris, and once there, she calls Henrik for an encounter. Meanwhile, Doris meets an elegant... see more
Brink of Life
[1958]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 24min
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Three women in a maternity ward reveal their lives and intimate thoughts to each other while in a maternity ward together, where they face the choice of keeping their babies or offering them for adoption.
All These Women
[1964]
 
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Movie | Comedy | 1h 20min
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The pretentious critic Cornelius is writing a biography on a famous cellist and to do some research he goes to stay in his house for a few days. He doesn't manage to get an interview with the man, but by talking to all the women who live with him, he comes to learn a lot about the musician's private life none the less. Cornelius then decides to use this information and tries to blackmail the cellist... see more
To Joy
[1950]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 38min
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Two violinists playing in the same orchestra fall in love and get married, but they can't get along.
Secrets of Women
[1952]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama | 1h 47min
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Rakel, Marta, Karin and Annette are married to four brothers. While waiting in a summer cottage for their husbands to come home, they tell each other stories about their marriages. Rakel tells about the time she had an affair and confronted her husband with it. Marta's story is about how she at first refused to marry and had her child by herself. Karin tells about what happened when one time she and... see more
Crisis
[1946]
 
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Movie | Drama, Romance | 1h 33min
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A small-town piano teacher is shocked by the arrival of her foster daughter's real mother, whose young lover soon follows and causes further disruption.
Documentary | Documentary | 1h 50min
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A chronicle of the making of Ingmar Bergman's Oscar winning film.
Thirst
[1949]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 23min
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A needy couple in a bad marriage travel back to Stockholm after a trip to Italy. Meanwhile, a widow resists seductions from two different persons - her psychiatrist and a lesbian friend.
Port of Call
[1948]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 40min
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A suicidal factory girl out of reformatory school, anxious to escape her overbearing mother, falls in love with a sailor who can't forgive her past.
The Touch
[1971]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 55min
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A seemingly happy Swedish housewife and mother begins an adulterous affair with a foreign archaeologist who is working near her home. But he is an emotionally scarred man, a Jewish survivor from a concentration camp who found refuge in the U.S.,and, consequently, their relationship will be painfully difficult.
Prison
[1949]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 19min
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A movie director is approached by his old math teacher with a great movie idea: the Devil declares that the Earth is hell. The director rejects the idea, but subsequent events in the life of a writer, a friend of the director's, and a young prostitute he loves seem to prove the math teacher's idea.
It Rains on Our Love
[1946]
 
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Movie | Drama, Romance | 1h 35min
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Maggi meets David after having missed her train, and they spend the night together. Penniless, the young lovers break into a summer cottage. The owner, Håkansson, offers to rent it to them, but he has an ulterior motive. By living together, they have to face their pasts and deal with the meddling neighbors and authorities.
Music in Darkness
[1948]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 27min
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In Sweden, the upper-class pianist Bengt Vyldeke suffers an accident in the military drill and becomes blind. He returns to the house of his aunt Beatrice Schröder and is initially supported by his sister Agneta since his fiancée Blanche has called off their engagement and his friends have abandoned him. When Agneta goes to the university, the young servant Ingrid helps Bengt in his daily life and... see more
The Image Makers
[2000]
 
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TV Movie | Drama | 1h 39min
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The meeting between Victor Sjöström, Swedish film director of the silent era and Selma Lagerlöf, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Victor is adapting one of the books of the writer.
Karin's Face
[1984]
 
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Documentary | Documentary, Short | 14min
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A film based on the pictures from Ingmar Bergman's personal photo album, especially the pictures of his mother Karin.
A Ship Bound for India
[1947]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 38min
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Sailor Johannes Blom returns to his home port, after seven years at sea, to find that Sally, the girl he has been thinking of while away, is completely despondent. Seven years earlier, obstreperous Alexander Blom, brings his mistress Sally to live with him, his wife Alice, son Johannes, and crew, aboard the salvage boat he captains. Amidst all the tensions on the small boat, Johannes and Sally fall... see more
Madame de Sade
[1992]
 
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TV Movie | 1h 45min
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Ingmar Bergman's staging at the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm. While the Marquis De Sade is in prison on charges of crimes of gross perversion, his faithful wife Renee awaits him. Despite all the horrors her husband has committed, she believes that his evil is sacred. Her mother however does everything possible to ensure that the Marquis stays in prison.
The Last Gasp
[1995]
 
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TV Movie | 1h
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A fictional meeting at the Swedish Film Industry office between the former director George af Klercker and CEO Charles Magnusson. A drunk and bitter Klercker ridicule old movies,and shared memories with Magnusson. af Klercker begs for one last shot at a new film production.
Fårö-dokument 1979
[1979]
 
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Documentary | Documentary | 1h 43min
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Fårö Document 1979 is the ten-year followup to the first documentary Bergman made about his adopted home, Fårö, where he filmed many of his best works and lived until the end of his life.
The Blessed Ones
[1986]
 
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TV Movie | Drama | 1h 21min
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A middle-aged teacher is suffering from paranoid delusions. Her slightly younger man is bit by bit pulled into her condition. Love has made her vulnerable and jealous and slowly but surely their marriage is transformed into a pitch-black folie à deux.
This Can't Happen Here
[1950]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 24min
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Atka Natas is a secret agent from the oppressive regime of Liquidatzia. He visits his estranged wife Vera, a chemist who is involved with a group of exiles trying to smuggle their compatriots out of Liquidatzia. Almkvist, an honest local policeman and former lover of Vera's, contacts her while investigating the death of one of the refugees. Natas has a list of agents operating in the host country and... see more
Spöksonaten
[2007]
 
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TV Movie | Drama | 1h 26min
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Ingmar Bergman's staging at The Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm. The Student can see things few others can, but he does not know the people who are not seen by others. Director Hummel who fears a milk girl, can not see, but the Student can. The two meet one morning.
De fördömda kvinnornas dans
[1976]
 
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Short Movie | Short | 24min
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The film shows four women moving in a crowded, closed room to the music of Monteverdi. They represent women living by passing on a role that is passed down to them for generations. Two of the dancers are damned souls that come to life, the third is death and the fourth a child born free, but forced into the other female roles.
Mr. Sleeman Is Coming
[1957]
 
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TV Movie | 43min
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Herr Sleeman kommer (Mr. Sleeman Is Coming) is a 1917 one-act play by the Swedish author Hjalmar Bergman. The main character is an orphaned young woman who is about to be married off to an unappealing but rich old man, Mr. Sleeman, at the instigation of her aunts who have taken charge of her. Bergman infuses the situation with overtones of rueful pessimism concerning life in general.
A Dream Play
[1963]
 
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TV Movie | Drama, Fantasy | 1h 53min
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The god Indra's daughter descends to earth to experience firsthand people's living conditions. Bergman's first staging of Strindberg's play "Ett drömspel" ( Dream Play).
Fårö dokument
[1970]
 
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Documentary | Documentary | 1h 18min
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Hustruskolan
[1983]
 
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TV Movie | Drama | 1h 48min
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The elderly Arnolphe has decided to marry a young woman, Agnes, whom he has fallen in love with. She is too young and innocent to realize what plans he has for her. But Agnes and Arnolphe's young friend, the dandy Horace, have fallen in love with each other. Their love is a threat to Arnolphe's attempt at getting married. Can the cunning Arnolphe stop them?
Backanterna
[1993]
 
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TV Movie | Music | 2h 20min
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The young wine god Dionysus returns to his native town of Thebes after having established his cult in the east. In his entourage, he has a run of Bacchantes. Semele, his mother, was distrusted by her family when she claimed that Zeus was the father of her child. Dionysus has come to restore her, revealing his divinity, and require proper worship of the Theban legion. An opera composed by Daniel Börtz... see more
Storm Weather
[1960]
 
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TV Movie | 1h 31min
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An elderly gentleman is trying to find peace and quiet in a fashionable residential house. He pass the time by chatting a local confectioner and by playing chess with his brother. The tranquility is disturbed by a singer moving in the apartment above.
Rabies
[1958]
 
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TV Movie | Drama | 1h 29min
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A relay race of "scenes from human life". Depicts the human characters inferior traits are spreading like a disease: the person who gets rejected / humiliated / oppressed takes it out on someone else.
The Venetian
[1958]
 
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TV Movie | Comedy, Drama | 56min
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A young beautiful man from Milan arrives at the carnival in Venice. He meets two flirtatious women.
The Misanthrope
[1974]
 
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TV Movie | 1h 55min
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Bakomfilm Smultronstället
[1957]
 
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Documentary | Documentary, Short | 14min
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Don Juan
[1965]
 
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TV Movie | 1h 40min
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