A couple traveling across a war-ravaged Europe. A disintegrating marriage. A ballet dancer’s scarred past. Her friend’s psychological agony. Elliptically told in flashbacks and multiple narrative threads, Ingmar Bergman’s Thirst shows people enslaved to memory and united in isolation. —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 was alright, but for me the least enjoyable in the Early Bergman Criterion Eclipse box set. Most of the characters were kinda annoying to watch and tolerate; I did laugh at the scene where the man tries to explain to both his wife and mistress that a man needs two women in his life, no more and no less. Good luck with that one, buddy. Note the same suicide method as in Hamnstad (Port of Call).
Updated. "Gunnar Fischer, a cinematographer whose use of stark lighting and sharp focus lent mood and psychological depth to a dozen of Ingmar
Swedish actress turned writer Birgit Tengroth’s short stories are converted to film by Ingmar Bergman to great effect.
After an opening title sequence reminiscent of Hitchcock, the film sews… read review
I don’t think anyone does relationship films better than Bergman. The man shows such a deep understanding of it all in this one. Even his early films are filled with fantastic moments that make you… read review