Friday, July 11, 2014

487. Skammen

Skammen
Shame
1968
Directed by Ingmar Bergman















My frequent readers (and even my non frequent readers since he is constantly appearing) know that I am not a fan of Bergman.  I simply don't like his style and I find his movies to be a power sleeping aid.  Unfortunately, I have to keep repeating this and you have to keep reading it because he WON'T GO AWAY!  Attention Listmakers: if a set of films are all the same, one is enough!!!  I know the plots can be drastically different, but somehow or another we always end up in the same place: watching a sad man having some sort of weird dream.

Okay so Through the Wild Hour of Persona Shame follows a couple whose lives are completely destroyed by the war as each are forced to look at the other in a new, harsher light.  I know that is an incredibly broad summary but I can't really think of another way to write it without spoiling anything.

I am sure both Larry and Ray will be able to explain this film better in the comments section, so perhaps I shall leave it to them.  I will say that this movie certainly succeeds in being disturbing.  The casting was quite brilliantly effective. Every time Liv Ullman was on the screen I felt vaguely upset; she is so innocent and beautiful!  So in that very tiny, tiny way I will give Bergman credit; I really felt connected to the characters.  There, I was nice.  Gentlemen, take it away.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

Bergman was unhappy with this film and felt like it came across as poor and uneven.  I could kiss this man.  Yes, I agree, Ingmar!

Trailer:

5 comments:

  1. Wel Amanda.. our little alliance over gore and sexual violence was great, and i now have to abandon you to suffer Nordic gloom on your own.

    Sorry, I cannot explain what is going on some of the time either, neither can I tell you why you should like him.
    (partly because I don't think you 'should' like anything you don't take to)
    Yes, I accept the style is very similar in many of his films

    At least I'm glad that in this one you could connect with the characters... Thanks for that!

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  2. Of course I thought this film was pretty much a masterpiece, LOL. Sorry Amanda, I think Bergman is a master filmmaker. I really love Liv Ullmann as well.

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  3. Hi Larry.. so glad we can agree on this... (I don't like disagreeing with people...), so thanks for your support. Who knows, one day.. we may get to find a way into Bergman for Amanda...

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  4. Haha well I am glad I have you two to rave about these.

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  5. This one and Vargtimmen are back to back in the Book and to me they represent opposites of Bergman. Skammen I could understand and follow. It made sense and I took something away from the movie. Vargtimmen is just obscure and weird and it just does not add up.
    Skammen is the Bergman movie I would recommend to those new to Bergman. Vargtimmen I would never recommend to anybody.

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