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Ingmar Bergman: Four Masterworks - The Criterion Collection DVD

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  • Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Run Time: 384 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Language: Swedish
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
  • Packaging: Custom Case
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio: SWEDISH: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Color: Black & White
  • Includes:
    Audio commentaries by film scholars Peter Cowie (The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries) and Birgitta Steene (The Virgin Spring)
    Video introduction by Bergman on Smiles Of A Summer Night
    Video introduction by filmmaker Ang Lee on The Virgin Spring
    Ingmar Bergman On Life And Work, a 90-minute documentary by filmmaker and author Jorn Donner
Legendary auteur Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) emerged in the 1950s as an art-house icon and remained one for more than four decades. Here, together in one box set, we present four of the unforgettable works that helped establish his international preeminence.

Smiles Of A Summer Night
After fifteen films, Ingmar Bergman at last broke through to international audiences with the 1955, Cannes award-winning comedy Smiles Of A Summer Night. Set in turn-of-the-century Sweden, the film follows four women and four men during a weekend in the country as they attempt to juggle the laws of attraction

The Seventh Seal
A knight returning from battle in the Crusades challenges Death to a fateful game of chess. Fifty years after its initial release, Bergman's stunning allegory of man's apocalyptic search for meaning remains a textbook on the art of filmmaking and an essential building block of any collection.

Wild Strawberries
The film that catapulted Bergman to the forefront of world cinema is the director's richest, most humane work. Traveling to receive an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg (masterfully played by veteran Swedish director Victor Sjostrom), is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and accept the inevitability of his approaching death.

The Virgin Spring
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Bergman's The Virgin Spring is a harrowing tale of faith revenge, and savagery in medieval Sweden. Starring frequent Bergman collaborator and screen icon Max von Sydow, the film is both beautiful and cruel in its depiction of a world teetering between paganism and Christianity.
 
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