Wild strawberries

Wild strawberries


DVD - 2002 | Swedish
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A distinguished professor emeritus who lives alone with his housekeeper can only come to terms with his egocentricity by traveling back in time to his earliest youth, finding there the seeds of his failure as husband, lover, father. This film deals with the phenomena of old age wherein childhood memories return with ever-increasing clarity while great stretches of the prime of life vanish into obscurity. In Swedish with English subtitles.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Criterion Collection,, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780780024656
Branch Call Number: SWE DVD FEATURE WIL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 180 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Laser optical,rdavf,http://rdaregistry.info/termList/videoFormat/1009
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Alternative Title: Smultronstället.


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Oct 08, 2018

Amazing film, seen again, from the perspective of age (I'm now 72). I'm not sure that the film I see now is the one Bergman intended to make in 1956, but it is one that is appropriate to a thoughtful elderly person in 2018. A film's "meaning" always depends on the state of mind of the viewer. Bergman's view of the relationship between men and women is, I think, dated, but curiously fitting in this age of President #45 and his supporters. It is hard to realize that many of the scenes we might consider "stereotypical" were, actually, original with Bergman. It is later filmmakers who have copied him endlessly.

May 16, 2018

I enjoyed this film. This to me is an art house film and what a gem it is. Victor Sjostrom is brilliant as the aging professor Isak Borg. I always like dream scenes and there are a few good ones. Very Luis Bunuel Surrealist. There are also flashbacks and other unexpected interruptions that make the drive to Lund (the professor is to receive an award) a life-changing experience (look for Max von Sydow in a bit part as a gas station attendant).

Woody Allen, when he starred in his earlier films, always argues and defends the brilliance of Ingmar Bergman films to other characters in heated discussions.

I admit I thought of Woody a few times in some of Wild Strawberries philosophical discussions amongst the characters.

Mar 08, 2016

A psychologist's field day! Very depressing. Lots of dream sequences with little dialogue (the old), a visit to his mother (very old0 then there is the conscious reality (very young) sequence of people having fun and laughing, and also the mid-life serious sequence of a couple deciding to commit and raise a family. If you can't get your head into it, you can just chalk it up as strange.

Kevin Forbes
Feb 13, 2015

Not as good as Fanny and Alexander

Nov 15, 2014

Im not much into old movies! This is a true classic and worth watching! Make sure to see the Extra part, also! I recommend it!

Oct 21, 2014

This, and "The Seventh Seal" are Bergman's absolute masterpieces: to 'write' a philosophy treatise on film, equivalent in depth to, say, Camus' The Stranger (L'étranger) is only given to a genius.

Nov 18, 2012

A depressing film about an old man facing his own mortality. Reflecting on his past; yearning over lost love; dreaming of the inevitable cold grip of death. I was left feeling sad and wondering what the point was -- that? To the make the viewer sad?

Megmac12 Jun 04, 2012

I was more pleased with it on my 2nd viewing than the first. Beautiful landscapes and great dialouge throughout, especially in car scenes.


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Nov 18, 2012

Dr. Isak Borg: "...Give me a cigar anytime. That's stimulating and relaxing. That's a vice for men." Marianne Borg: "And what vices may a woman have?" Dr. Isak Borg: "Weeping, giving birth, and speaking ill of her neighbors."

Nov 18, 2012

Sara (to Sigfrid, after he kissed her): "You've made a bad woman of me! At any rate, nearly. I never want to see you again, at least not before brunch!"

Nov 18, 2012

Marianne Borg: "All along the line, there's nothing but cold and death and loneliness."


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