Legendary director Ingmar Bergman creates a testament to the strength of the soul-and a film of absolute power. Karin and Maria come to the aid of their dying sister, Agnes, but jealousy, manipulation, and selfishness come before empathy. Agnes, tortured by cancer, transcends the pettiness of her sisters' concerns to remember moments of being-moments that Bergman, with the help of Academy Award®-winning cinematographer Sven Nykvist, translates into pictures of staggering beauty and unfathomable horror.
Ingmar Bergman's great 1972 film is about the elemental things: death and dying, sex, injury, repression, and the body as a fount of sustenance. No wonder Bergman chooses to focus on female characters, in this case three sisters--one of whom is dying of tuberculosis--and a maid who is the only one capable of caring for the ill woman. The film is noteworthy for many reasons, not least of all an interesting camera style that marries beautiful imagery with an anxious frame. That tension perfectly suits the overlapping psychodramas of the piece, but this is a movie that ultimately pushes beyond the particulars of these characters' virtues or neuroses to a greater mystery, one that somehow sustains our existence while slowly taking it away. A landmark film. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
This film is bitter . And merciless . It challenges and disturbs you deeply . FIlmed in the purest mood of resources economy , the film tells about Agnes , a dying middle aged... Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela
"Cries and Whispers" was one of the first films from Ingmar Bergman I had seen. I was about 13 years old and was a strongly devoted fan. Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by Alex Udvary
Cries and Whispers is an intense mediation on life, death, and how we squander our brief lives by succumbing to our inner demons. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2003 by Jack M. Walter
Watch the interview with Bergman and his red-headed friend, whats-his-name, to get an idea of how big a jerk this guy is. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2003 by Stephen B. Hughes
I first saw this film when it was released in 1972. Everyone on campus was excited--a new Bergman film was an event in the arts community there. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2003 by Joanna D.
I recently purchased the Criterion Collection edition of Ingmar Bergman's 1972 masterpiece Cries and Whispers. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2003 by Niloofar Ziae
There are two things that will always stand out to me about this film, which stands amongt the first rank of Ingmar Bergman's monumental body of work. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2003 by Snow Leopard
Upon its release CRIES AND WHISPERS was hailed as one of Bergman's finest films. Although it has not quite held onto that original evaluation, it remains a very fine film--a... Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2002 by Gary F. Taylor