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Wild Strawberries (1957)

Smultronstället (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 22 June 1959 (USA)
After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Sjöström ... Dr. Eberhard Isak Borg
Bibi Andersson ... Sara
Ingrid Thulin ... Marianne Borg
Gunnar Björnstrand ... Dr. Evald Borg
Jullan Kindahl ... Agda
Folke Sundquist ... Anders
Björn Bjelfvenstam Björn Bjelfvenstam ... Viktor (as Björn Bjelvenstam)
Naima Wifstrand ... Mrs. Borg - Isak's Mother
Gunnel Broström ... Berit Alman
Gertrud Fridh ... Karin Borg - Isak's wife
Sif Ruud ... Aunt Olga
Gunnar Sjöberg ... Sten Alman / The Examiner
Max von Sydow ... Henrik Åkerman
Åke Fridell ... Karin's lover
Yngve Nordwall ... Uncle Aron
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Storyline

With the exception of his elderly housekeeper Miss Agda who he treats almost like a surrogate platonic wife, widowed seventy-eight year old Dr. Isak Borg, a former medical doctor and professor, has retreated from any human contact, partly his own want but partly the decision of others who do not want to spend time with him because of his cold demeanor. He is traveling from his home in Stockholm to Lund to accept an honorary degree. Instead of flying as was the original plan, he decides to take the day long drive instead. Along for the ride is his daughter-in-law Marianne, who had been staying with him for the month but has now decided to go home. The many stops and encounters along the way make him reminisce about various parts of his life. Those stops which make him reminisce directly are at his childhood summer home, at the home of his equally emotionally cold mother, and at a gas station where the attendants praise him as a man for his work. But the lives of other people they ... Written by Huggo

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from Ingmar Bergman...creator of "Smiles of a Summer Night" and "The Seventh Seal" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | Latin

Release Date:

22 June 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wild Strawberries See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The dummy that Isak Borg mistakes for a pedestrian during the dream sequence was constructed from a balloon and a silk stocking. See more »

Goofs

When Isak looks up at the faceless clock, he retreats into its shadow. Next cut and there is no shadow. See more »

Quotes

Sten Alman: Me and my wife are dependent on each other. It is out of selfish reasons we haven't beaten each other to death a long time ago.
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Referenced in Bananas (1971) See more »

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PARADEMARSCH DER 18:ER HUSAREN
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Music by Alwin Mueller
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One of Bergman's greatest achievements
16 February 1999 | by pooch-8See all my reviews

Wild Strawberries can be praised for so many reasons, but chief among them in my own mind is the way in which the film so perfectly conveys its themes of self-examination and the contemplation of one's own mortality (particularly through its stunning use of flashbacks). Bergman's autobiographical story also benefits from the brilliant casting of Swedish film legend Victor Sjostrom as Isak Borg, whose towering performance is essential to the success of Wild Strawberries. I read that Bergman based the coffin dream sequence on a frequent nightmare that he had -- and it never ceases to amaze me just how effective it remains even after all these years. Wild Strawberries seems like a quiet, thoughtful, introsepective movie -- and it is; it is also one of world cinema's most impressive motion pictures.


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