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Cries and Whispers

Ingmar Bergman

 
Cries and Whispers (Criterion Blu-Ray)

31 Mar 2015

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • Sweden
  • 1972
  • 91 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • Swedish
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  • Spine #101

This existential wail of a drama from Ingmar Bergman concerns two sisters, Karin (Ingrid Thulin) and Maria (Liv Ullmann), keeping vigil for a third, Agnes (Harriet Andersson), who is dying of cancer and can find solace only in the arms of a beatific nurse (Kari Sylwan). An intensely felt film that may be Bergman’s most striking formal experiment, Cries and Whispers (which won an Oscar for the extraordinary color photography of Sven Nykvist) is a powerful depiction of human behavior in the face of death, positioned on the borders between reality and nightmare, tranquillity and terror.

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Introduction by Ingmar Bergman from 2001
  • New interview with actor Harriet Andersson, conducted by film scholar Peter Cowie
  • New video essay on the film’s visuals by filmmaker : : kogonada
  • Behind-the-scenes footage with commentary by Cowie
  • Ingmar Bergman: Reflections on Life, Death, and Love with Erland Josephson (2000), a 52-minute interview with Bergman and his longtime collaborator
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Emma Wilson

    New cover by Sarah Habibi

Film Essays

Cries and Whispers

By Peter Cowie June 18, 2001

In his book Images, Ingmar Bergman has written: “All my films can be thought of in terms of black and white, except for Cries and Whispers. In the screenplay, it says that red represents for me . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries


Video

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Bergman’s Dreams

By Michael Koresky and Casey Moore October 03, 2013

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Dispatches

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Flashback: Ingmar Bergman

By Peter Cowie June 18, 2013

The author recounts the story of his friendship with the great filmmaker. Read more »


Photo Galleries


Clippings

Cries and Whispers Onstage

October 26, 2011

Piercing chamber drama though it may be, Ingmar Bergman’s Cries and Whispers would seem an unlikely candidate for the theater, so quiet, vivid, and intimate is its story of a dying woman and the . . . Read more »


News

Liv in Brooklyn

November 25, 2009

Liv Ullmann is the belle of the ball this holiday season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Not only is the Swedish acting powerhouse’s staging of A Streetcar Named Desire (which was first . . . Read more »


Clippings

Liv Remembers Ingmar

October 09, 2009

More than two years after Ingmar Bergman’s death, his muse Liv Ullmann is still bursting with stories about the Swedish director. In a poignant and insightful profile by Diane Solway in this . . . Read more »


Dispatches

Salute to Liv Ullmann

By Peter Cowie December 15, 2008

Flash back to September 1968. The Swedish Film Week in Sorrento, Italy, with its alfresco suppers and its excursions to Capri and Pompeii. Ingmar Bergman was expected, and he and Liv Ullmann . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Cries and Whispers

By Peter Cowie June 18, 2001

In his book Images, Ingmar Bergman has written: “All my films can be thought of in terms of black and white, except for Cries and Whispers. In the screenplay, it says that red represents for me . . . Read more »