Ingmar Bergman

After the Rehearsal

After the Rehearsal

With this spare chamber piece, set in an empty theater, Ingmar Bergman returned to his perennial theme of the permeability of life and art. Lingering after a rehearsal for August Strindberg’s A Dream Play (a touchstone for the filmmaker throughout his career), eminent director Henrik (Erland Josephson) enters into a frank and flirtatious conversation with his up-and-coming star, Anna (Lena Olin), leading him to recall his affair with Anna’s late mother, the self-destructive actress Rakel (Ingrid Thulin). The sharply written and impeccably performed After the Rehearsal, originally made for television, pares away all artifice to examine both the allure and the cost of a life in the theater.

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After the Rehearsal
Cast
Erland Josephson
Henrik Vogler
Ingrid Thulin
Rakel Egerman
Lena Olin
Anna Egerman
Nadja Palmstjerna-Weiss
Anna (younger)
Bertil Guve
Henrik (younger)
Credits
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Producer
Jörn Donner
Cinematographer
Sven Nykvist
Editor
Sylvia Ingemarsson
Production design
Anna Asp
Costume design
Inger Pehrsson
Makeup
Anna-Lena Melin
Assistant director
Eva Bergman
Sound
Bo Persson

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Ingmar Bergman

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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.