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Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage opens with a couple--Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson)--being interviewed for a magazine. Every moment seems to teeter on the brink of some rupture; just as they start to get comfortable, the interviewer has them freeze for a photograph. After making some bland general statements, they both start admitting intimate details, confessing that they were brought together by mutual misery, then cheerfully claiming that theirs is a model marriage. The entirety of Scenes from a Marriage, which chronicles their emotional relationship even after their divorce and marriages to other people, continues to have these contradictory moments of honesty and self-deception, cruelty and kindness, concern and self-obsession--all laid bare by the skillful actors and the subtle, constantly shifting screenplay. Every scene is a small movie unto itself; in fact, Scenes from a Marriage was originally a six-episode TV show, which was carefully edited down into a unified film. This is one of Bergman's most immediate and accessible works, concerned more with the facts of human behavior than symbolism or abstract themes. Bergman understands how to balance what could be horrible pain and despair with the characters' earnest efforts to improve their lives. His imitators reduce everything to sheer suffering and alienation; Bergman sees the best in his characters, even when their actions are terrible. This 1973 film won numerous awards, including several acting honors for Ullmann. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This series was way ahead of it's time in the 1970's. I rediscovered in 2009 when I purchased the dvd's. The acting is nothing short of superb and the script is phenomenal. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2010 by Agi Hajdu
This film is incredible. It is, however, a brutal one to watch (the intense arguments are too intense to watch at times, there is so much PAIN in this film). Read morePublished on April 2 2004 by Yvonne Campbell
This Criterion edition is an absolute must-have for any fan of Ingmar Bergman's work. I have seen the 3-hour film version several times before, and felt it was superb, as most of... Read morePublished on March 21 2004 by "jeffrey4318"
What a treat for the DVD world! This DVD include teh original 5-hour presentaion of Scenes from a Marriage and the original US version AND an interview with Ingmar Bergman! Read morePublished on March 2 2004 by Cody Keene
I watched Scenes from a marriage twice the very first time i rented it from a local library. And yet so far it is one of the best movies i ever watched in my life. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2003 by "yyazir1"
A departure from the complexity of Persona and The Passion of Anna, Bergman put together a highly accessible and clear portrait of the lives of a stereotypical... Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2003 by Greg T. Smith
Scenes from a Marriage is one of those movies that deserves an award (in addition to the ones it has already accumulated) for its status as one of the most overrated films in... Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2000
OK, so its not Hollywood, but this film is totally rivetting without one gunshot or car chase in sight. Read morePublished on June 21 2000 by "tarrants"