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Film Programs
Ingmar Bergman Centennial
Thirst (Three Strange Loves) followed by Prison

July 22 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

The rarely screened Thirst, an early Bergman milestone, was one of the first works to demonstrate his trademark delving into the human spirit. Adapted from short stories by actress Birgit Tengroth (who also plays Viola in the film), the plot follows a failing marriage but focuses principally on the inner torments of a trio of female characters damaged by past liaisons. (1949, subtitles, 88 minutes)

In Prison, Bergman advanced an argument on morality and faith, “yet, he was restricted by a shoestring budget and tight schedule that prompted him to follow Hitchcock’s example in Rope (1948) of shooting in long takes. Editor Lennart Wallén had a key role, most notably during a slapstick film-within-a-film and a nightmare sequence lit with expressionist menace by Göran Strindberg. Truly a harbinger of things to come” — British Film Institute. (1949, subtitles, 79 minutes)

still from Prison
courtesy Swedish Film Intitute

Film Programs

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