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Wild Strawberries

Original film poster
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Produced by Allan Ekelund
Written by Ingmar Bergman
Starring Victor Sjöström
Bibi Andersson
Ingrid Thulin
Gunnar Björnstrand
Music by Erik Nordgren
Cinematography Gunnar Fischer
Editing by Oscar Rosander
Distributed by AB Svensk Filmindustri
Release date(s) Sweden:
26 December 1957
United States:
22 June 1959
Running time 91 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish
Latin

Wild Strawberries is a 1957 film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman, about an old man recalling his past. The original Swedish title is Smultronstället, which literally means "the wild strawberry patch", but idiomatically means an underrated gem of a place (often with personal or sentimental value). The cast includes Victor Sjöström in his final screen performance, as well as Bergman regulars Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin and Gunnar Björnstrand. Max von Sydow also appears in a small role. Bergman wrote the screenplay while hospitalized.[1] Because it tackles difficult questions about life, and thought-provoking themes such as self-discovery and humanity's existence, the film is often considered to be one of Bergman's most emotional, one of his most optimistic, and one of his best.[2]

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Synopsis

Isak Borg (Victor Sjöström) is an elderly medical doctor and professor who drives with his daughter-in-law Marianne (Ingrid Thulin) from Stockholm to Lund to receive an honorary degree from Lund University. During the trip, he is forced by nightmares, daydreams, his old age, and his impending death to reevaluate his life. He meets a variety of people on the road, from Sara, a female hitcher traveling with her fiance and escort, to a quarreling married couple who remind Isak of his own life and marriage.

Cast

Production

Ingmar Bergman and Victor Sjöström 1957 during production of Wild Strawberries in the studios in Solna.

The shooting took place between 2 July 1957 and 27 August 1957.[3] Contrary to popular belief, Sjöström was cast relatively late for the leading part, with Bergman not having any particular person in mind while writing the screenplay.[4] Bergman has described how he came up with the idea while driving from Stockholm to Dalarna, stopping in Uppsala where he had been born and raised, and driving by outside his grandmother's old house, when he suddenly began to think about how it would be if he could open the door and inside it would be just as it had been during his childhood. "So it struck me - what if you could make a film about this; that you just walk up in a realistic way and open a door, and then you walk into your childhood, and then you open another door and come back to reality, and then you make a turn around a street corner and arrive in some other period of your existence, and everything goes on, lives. That was actually the idea behind Wild Strawberries".[5]

Awards and recognition

The film won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 8th Berlin International Film Festival[6] and won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film in 1960. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Original Screenplay.

The film is included on the Vatican Best Films List, recommended for its portrayal of a man's "interior journey from pangs of regret and anxiety to a refreshing sense of peace and reconciliation".[7]

The film also influenced Woody Allen’s 1988 drama Another Woman[8]. That film’s main character, Marion Post, is also accused by friends and relatives of being cold and unfeeling, which forces her to reexamine her life. Allen also borrows several tropes from Bergman’s film, such as having Post’s sister-in-law tell her that her brother, Paul, hates her, having a former student tell Post that her class changed her life, and Allen has Post confront the demons of her past via several dream sequences and flashbacks that reveal important information to a viewer, as in Wild Strawberries.

References

  1. ^ "Wild Strawberries". The Ingmar Bergman Foundation. http://www.ingmarbergman.se/page.asp?guid=B31C7193-D784-4A94-88F2-98886CF35BFF&LanCD=EN. Retrieved 2007-04-15.  
  2. ^ Murray, Edward (1978). Ten Film Classics: A Re-viewing. F. Ungar Publishing Co.. ISBN 9780804426503.  
  3. ^ Swedish Film Institute on the film (in Swedish) Swedish Film Institute
  4. ^ French, Philip (1995). Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället). BFI Publishing. ISBN 0851704816.  
  5. ^ Bergman om Bergman, Björkman, Maans and Sima, Stockholm 1970, Norstedts Förlag
  6. ^ "Berlinale: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. http://www.berlinale.de/en/archiv/jahresarchive/1958/03_preistraeger_1958/03_Preistraeger_1958.html. Retrieved 2010-01-03.  
  7. ^ U.S. Catholic Bishops - Office of Film and Broadcasting, Vatican Best Films List
  8. ^ http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19881118/REVIEWS/811180301/1023

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