Cries and Whispers Cries and Whispers

Cries and Whispers

Ingmar Bergman

 
Cries and Whispers (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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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 servant (Kari Sylwan). An intensely felt film that is one of Bergman’s most striking formal experiments, 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.

Credits

DirectorIngmar Bergman
Written byIngmar Bergman
Produced byLars-Owe Carlberg
Director of photographySven Nykvist
Art directionMarik Vos
SoundOwe Svensson
Edited bySiv Lundgren
Continuity byKatherina Faragó
MusicFrédéric Chopin and Johann Sebastian Bach
Mazurka no. 4 in A Minor, op. 17, played byKäbi Laretei
Sarabande no. 5 in D minor, played byPierre Fournier

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Introduction by director Ingmar Bergman from 2001
  • New interview with actor Harriet Andersson, conducted by historian Peter Cowie
  • On Solace, a new video essay by filmmaker :: kogonada
  • Behind-the-scenes footage with commentary by Cowie
  • Ingmar Bergman: Reflections on Life, Death, and Love with Erland Josephson (2000), a fifty-two-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

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Cries and Whispers: Love and Death

By Emma Wilson April 02, 2015

Ingmar Bergman plumbs unfathomable depths in his cinematically sensual tale of four women facing the inevitable in mind and body. 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 »

Dispatches

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The Old in the New at TIFF 2017

By Andrew Chan September 25, 2017

Highlights from this year’s stellar Toronto International Film Festival lineup echoed a handful of classics from our collection. Read more »


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Saluting the Legacy of Roger Corman

June 08, 2017

Looking back on the last fifty years of film history, the influence of Roger Corman can be seen in everything from B-movie classics to art-house Oscar winners. With his keen eye for talent and . . . Read more »


Interviews

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Movie-Crazy: A Conversation with Allan Arkush

By Hillary Weston February 17, 2017

In 1970, legendary filmmaker Roger Corman founded New World Pictures, an independent studio that produced and distributed everything from B-movies and exploitation films to acclaimed foreign . . . Read more »


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January 23, 2017

Over on the Criterion Channel, we’re premiering the second installment of Adventures in Moviegoing, an original series in which we invite filmmakers, actors, musicians, and other artists to talk . . . Read more »


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From the Bergman Archives

July 14, 2016

Today marks what would have been the ninety-eighth birthday of Ingmar Bergman, one of cinema’s most essential artists, who ushered in a golden age of world cinema. Celebrate the Swedish auteur . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries

Welcome, Fall

September 23, 2015


Photo Galleries


Film Essays

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Cries and Whispers: Love and Death

By Emma Wilson April 02, 2015

Ingmar Bergman plumbs unfathomable depths in his cinematically sensual tale of four women facing the inevitable in mind and body. Read more »


Video


Three Reasons


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Mirrors of Bergman

By :: kogonada February 12, 2015

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Photo Galleries


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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 »


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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 »

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