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4.1
1,351 Ratings

Shame

Skammen

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Sweden, 1968
Drama

Synopsis

Ingmar Bergman’s psychological study of how humans react in a situation of war. The film takes place on Gotland, where invasion forces arrives.

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Shame Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Critics reviews

This period, in which Bergman was portrayed as being so out of touch with a quickly changing present-day reality, also produced his most radical filmmaking… Shame is anything but a hermetic, disengaged and non-reflexive film. It subtly frames what should be a central question for any remotely responsible or engaged work: the extent to which art, here the moving image, can respond to the atrocities of “real” history.
March 23, 2014
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The black-and-white palette seems imbued with ashes; the taut long takes and febrile closeups are poised on the edge of collapse, and the chaos is captured with a punishing immediacy. The life of the couple, with their stifled resentments and unfulfilled dreams, also explodes with the emotional equivalent of war; even reduced to feral subsistence by Job-like torments, the lovers mark history with their intimate revelations.
November 30, 2012
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