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Scenes from a Marriage 

Scener ur ett äktenskap (original title)
TV-PG | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (1973)
Ten years of Marianne and Johan's relationship are presented. We first meet them ten years into their marriage. He is a college professor, she a divorce lawyer. They say that they are ... See full summary »
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1973  
Top Rated TV #196 | Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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 Marianne (6 episodes, 1973)
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 Johan (6 episodes, 1973)
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 Eva (2 episodes, 1973)
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Ten years of Marianne and Johan's relationship are presented. We first meet them ten years into their marriage. He is a college professor, she a divorce lawyer. They say that they are happily married - unlike their friends Katarina and Peter who openly fight, especially when under the influence of alcohol - but there is a certain detached aloofness in the way they treat each other. In the next ten years, as they contemplate or embark upon divorce and/or known extramarital affairs, they come to differing understandings at each phase of their relationship of what they truly mean to each other. Regardless of if it's love or hate - between which there is a fine line - they also come to certain understandings of how they can best relate to each other, whether that be as husband and wife, friends, lovers or none of the above. Written by Huggo

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15 September 1974 (USA)  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The film was ruled ineligible for Oscar consideration because the longer mini-series version of it had already been telecast in Sweden. See more »

Quotes

Marianne: We're pitiful, self-indulgent cowards that can't connect with reality and are ashamed of ourselves.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits aren't shown on-screen but read by director and writer Ingmar Bergman, while "a beautiful picture of Fårö" is shown (different for each episode). Ingmar Bergman himself is in fact not credited at all. For the theatrical version, traditional on-screen credits were used, starting with "A film by Ingmar Bergman". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Taxi: Scenskees from a Marriage: Part 1 (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in B flat major, Op. 10, No. 1
(uncredited)
Written by Tomaso Albinoni
A short extract is played during the very beginning and end of each episode (it's not featured in the theatrical version)
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At once poignant, considered, bitter, painfully insightful
16 September 2001 | by (Pennsylvania, US) – See all my reviews

Bergman set the standard for commentary on relationships with this film. Liv Ullman & Erland Josephson are extraordinary as a couple viewed over the course of their marriage and breakup thereof. Bergman and cinematographer Sven Nyquist do an absolute masterful job following both -- Liv Ullman truly has one of the most expressive, beautiful faces in cinema, and Bergman's genius is that he captured every nuance of her perfect performance masterfully.

Don't expect a single extraneous, out-of-place shot. Expect the perfect cinema-plus-verite of long-term relationships that various others, including Woody Allen in his efforts (Annie Hall and onwards,) have tried to riff on -- but never as well.


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