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 mounted earlier this fall at the Sydney Theatre Company), starring Cate Blanchett, opening at BAM on Friday, November 27, but BAMcinématek is also commencing a film series devoted to her this week. Running from November 24 to December 6, the program includes all the essential collaborations between Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman, from Cries and Whispers (one screening of which will be followed by a Q&A with Ullmann) to Autumn Sonata to Bergman’s final film, Saraband, and Ullmann’s most recent cinematic directorial effort, Faithless (from a script written by Bergman). And on December 7, the performing arts center will present Liv Ullmann: Between Screen and Stage, for which the star will discuss her two passions with film writer Phillip Lopate.
Not surprisingly, Ullmann’s visit has the town abuzz: read more about her in profiles in New York, The L magazine, and the Village Voice, where Michael Atkinson lovingly describes her singular power: “Ullmann’s full-frontal agony and intelligence are as revealing of our own vulnerabilities as they are of art film’s early allure: the modern, self-analytic woman as cinematic spectacle.”