The film that catapulted Bergman to the forefront of world cinema is the director’s richest, most humane movie. Traveling to receive an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg (masterfully played by the veteran Swedish director Victor Sjöström), is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and accept the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, Wild Strawberries captures a startling voyage of self-discovery and renewed belief in mankind. —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
Both Bergman's "Wild Strawberries" and Kurosawa's "Ikiru" make one think what makes life worth living... Better not realize in the end that all along the line there was "nothing but cold and death and loneliness."
Un gioiello di narrazione per flashback,in cui il passato torna a rivisitare il presente nei ricordi che affluiscono nella vecchiaia del professore,che fà così un bilancio di ciò che ha fatto e vissuto.Tempo e malinconia,dubbi e rammarico;assolutamente fantastico nella sua essenzialità e nei suoi splendidi quadri dell'anima.Un viaggio introspettivo indimenticabile,esaltato dalla meravigliosa tecnica di Bergman. 5*
We reap what we sow. Few films question the essence of our existence or the eternal consequences of a selfish life. When we are young we have time to acknowledge our sins and amend the human damage… read review
Now THIS is what I’m talking about! You’d think a film about death and growing old would be depressing, but this is far from depressing. Victor Sjostom’s character is one that captivates you instantly… read review
Bergman at his most subtle, touching and hopeful. To be honest, Wild Strawberries did not blow me away like The Seventh Seal did (which is still my favourite Bergman). But it did provoke a reaction… read review