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. This is Bergman’s original five-hour, six-part television version.
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A modest, chambery production of great, deep insight into the institution of marriage. Bergman's script may strike some viewers as too bitter and scornful, but if there ever was a writer/director more in tune with human unfulfilment and its doubts, that could draw such inspired eloquence and poetry in its dialogue, I have not yet seen. Sven Nykvist's dynamic and expressive camera work is specially worth mentioning.
Long, single-takes of people arguing, and more importantly, just talking are my kind of films. This one, being by Bergman, is, of course, a fantastic one. My favorite 'scenes' were the third Paula and the fifth The Illiterates. They are so realistic while at the same time so incomprehensible that one may be repelled from the action. Ullmann is of course the main show, with Andersson in a great supporting role.
A supremely honest and true romance portraying our amazing capacity to hurt and forgive one another. Reminding us there is a difference between compatibility and sexual attraction, between a fleeting moments satisfaction and a 'working' life long relationship.
Brutal retrato de un matrimonio en crisis y el inevitable divorcio. El episodio titulado "Los Analfabetas" es realmente intenso. En realidad, vi la versión cinematográfica y acortada. Espero tener la oportunidad de apreciar esta obra tal como fue concebida.
"We are emotional illiterates". A scene about love, marriage, family, hope, fear, anxiety, and perhaps every single drive that makes us so imperfectly human. Erland josephson was outstanding, but Liv Ullmann performance was brightest star among bright star. Scenes From A Marriage provides a discussion of "what is love?". A conclusion so painful, rigid, and ultimately true. May only death brings you apart.