Scenes from a Marriage chronicles the many years of love and turmoil that bind Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson) through matrimony, infidelity, divorce, and subsequent partners. Shot in intense, intimate close-ups by master cinematographer Sven Nykvist and featuring flawless performances, Ingmar Bergman’s emotional x-ray reveals the intense joys and pains of a complex relationship. The Criterion Collection is proud to present both the three-hour U.S. theatrical cut of Scenes from a Marriage and Bergman’s original five-hour, six-part television version. —The Criterion Collection
The most famed and honored filmmaker ever to emerge from the nation of Sweden – and regarded by many as one of the three or four most brilliant directors of the 20th century – Ingmar Bergman radically altered the nature and meaning of the motion-picture form, transfiguring a medium long devoted to spectacle into an art capable of profoundly personal meditations into the myriad struggles facing the psyche and the soul. By focusing on the exploration of self with unparalleled intensity, Bergman brought to the screen a new sense of emotional intimacy, fusing the concepts behind Freudian psychotherapy with a dreamlike sensibility founded on visual metaphors, flashbacks, and extreme close-ups to create a revelatory cinematic world unlike any before it.
Born Ernst Ingmar Bergman on July 14, 1918, in Uppsala, Sweden, he followed a brief 1938 military stay by attending Stockholm University. While there, he staged his first plays, among them adaptations of Macbeth, August Strindberg’s… read more
It's like a play, long, static shots that highlight character's emotions brilliantly. This is realistic and raw representation of a relationship and it is one of Bergman's best films.
Bergman’s mainly static camera witnesses the deconstruction of a marriage, driven by intense, deep-focused dialogue rather than particular narrative points. With a couple of staggeringly good performances (Ullman especially) it is high on emotive content and is often utterly compelling.
Time here plays such a fundamental role - in a subtle way. The cuts in the film highlight its eventful side while the extended, deep, close stares on Johan and Marianne render reality in a very precise and almost stinging way. Bergman gave us an irreplaceable perspective on communication between human minds and bodies and their everlasting bond.
Bergman sets in motion a reeling depiction of the syndrome called marriage and how a man and a woman, diametrically opposite in the process of thought can co-exist and live life at all intimate levels… read review