Ingmar Bergman

From the Life of the Marionettes

From the Life of the Marionettes

Made during his self-imposed exile in Germany, Ingmar Bergman’s From the Life of the Marionettes offers a lacerating portrait of a destructive marriage and a complex psychological analysis of a murder. Businessman Peter nurses fantasies of killing his wife, Katarina, until a prostitute becomes his surrogate prey. In the aftermath of the crime, Peter and Katarina’s psychiatrist and others attempt to explain its roots. Jumping back and forth in time, this compelling film moves seamlessly between seduction and repulsion, and the German cast is superb.

Film Info

  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Sweden
  • 1980
  • 104 minutes
  • Color
  • Black & White
  • 1.66:1
  • Swedish

Available In

Collector's Set

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Blu-Ray Box Set

30 Discs


From the Life of the Marionettes
Robert Atzorn
Peter Egermann
Christine Buchegger
Katarina Egermann
Martin Benrath
Professor Mogens Jensen
Rita Russek
Katarina Krafft
Lola Müthel
Cordelia Egermann
Walter Schmidinger
Tim Mandelbaum
Heinz Bennent
Arthur Brenner
Ruth Olafs
Karl-Heinz Pelser
The interrogator
Gaby Dohm
Frau Anders
Heino Hallhuber
The choreographer
Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
Horst Wendlandt
Sven Nykvist
Petra von Oelffen
Production design
Rolf Zehetbauer
Art direction
Herbert Strabel
Costume design
Charlotte Flemming
Costume design
Heinz A.
Mathilde Basedow
Peter Beil

From The Current

Hour of the Wolf and From the Life of the Marionettes: The Strength of Surrender

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Hour of the Wolf and From the Life of the Marionettes: The Strength of Surrender

Separated by more than a decade in Ingmar Bergman’s filmography, these two formally masterful dramas uncover the ugliness of male aggression and brutality.

By Sarinah Masukor

Through the Years With Bergman


Through the Years With Bergman

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

By Peter Cowie



Ingmar Bergman


Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman

The Swedish auteur began his artistic career in the theater but eventually navigated toward film—"the great adventure," as he called it—initially as a screenwriter and then as a director. Simply put, in the fifties and sixties, the name Ingmar Bergman was synonymous with European art cinema. Yet his incredible run of successes in that era—including The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and The Virgin Spring, haunting black-and-white elegies on the nature of God and death—merely paved the way for a long and continuously dazzling career that would take him from the daring “Silence of God” trilogy (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, The Silence) to the existential terrors of Cries and Whispers to the family epic Fanny and Alexander, with which he “retired” from the cinema. Bergman died in July 2007, leaving behind one of the richest bodies of work in the history of cinema.