During their European tour, three actors are arrested and summoned to an interrogation because one of their numbers is considered grossly obscene. The three of them all have different personalities and have a special relationship with each other. Sebastian is an alcoholic in debt and is guilty of killing his former partner. Thea is a fragile, insecure woman who frequently has anger outbursts. Although she’s currently married to Hans, Sebastian’s new partner, Thea is also having an affair with Sebastian. Hans is the wealthy and self-contained leader of the variety troupe. The judge who interrogates them plays on the trio’s insecurities in a way that will confuse them and shake their self-confidence. Ingmar Bergman considers this film as an analysis of his own person: each actor symbolizes a part of his personality. The Rite shows Bergman’s vision of what it means to be an artist and of art’s blessing and curse. –Film Festival Ghent
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
I never in my wildest dreams imagined that a large black strap-on dildo would make an appearance in an Ingmar Bergman film. Unfortunately, this film still can't get it up.