Ingmar Bergman

The Passion of Anna

The Passion of Anna

This drama shot on Ingmar Bergman’s beloved Fårö island describes a mood of fear, isolation, and the longing for connection. Not long after the dissolution of his marriage and a fleeting liaison with a neighbor (Bibi Andersson), the reclusive Andreas (Max von Sydow) begins an ill-fated affair with the mysterious, beguiling Anna (Liv Ullmann), who has recently lost her own husband and son. Bergman’s first color film since All These Women, The Passion of Anna is a sequel of sorts to Shame. It incorporates documentary-style interviews with the actors, blurring the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction, lies and truth, dreams and reality, identity and anonymity.

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The Passion of Anna
Cast
Max von Sydow
Andreas Winkelman
Liv Ullmann
Anna Fromm
Bibi Andersson
Eva Vergérus
Erland Josephson
Elis Vergérus
Erik Hell
Johan Andersson
Sigge Fürst
Verner
Credits
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Producer
Lars-Owe Carlberg
Cinematographer
Sven Nykvist
Editor
Siv Lundgren
Costume design
Mago
Assistant makeup artist
Cecilia Drott
Production manager
Lars-Owe Carlberg
Sound
Lennart Engholm

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Ingmar Bergman

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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.