Ingmar Bergman

The Rite

The Rite

Ingmar Bergman conceived this experimental work as a response to his controversial tenure at the Royal Dramatic Theatre. Focusing on four characters—a trio of actors charged with obscenity (Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Anders Ek), and the judge assigned to try them (Erik Hell)—The Rite alternates between criminal interrogations and interpersonal confrontations shown in flashback, leading to a final “performance” that makes for one of the most bizarre moments in Bergman’s filmography. Staged on bare sets and shot almost entirely in close-up, The Rite condenses a decade’s worth of cinematic exploration into seventy-five tense, unsettling minutes.

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The Rite
Cast
Ingrid Thulin
Thea Winkelmann
Anders Ek
Sebastian Fisher
Gunnar Björnstrand
Hans Winkelmann
Erik Hell
Judge Dr. Abrahamson
Ingmar Bergman
Priest
Credits
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Producer
Lars-Owe Carlberg
Cinematographer
Sven Nykvist
Editor
Siv Lundgren
Production design
Mago
Costume design
Mago
Makeup
Cecilia Drott
Makeup
Börje Lundh
Sound
Lennart
Sound
Berndt Frithiof

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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.