Ooooh aren't you all excited by this amazing adventure into Scandanavian cinema:) I know you will lining up to see these films.hahahahaaaa. Head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to see what the other gang have chosen. I am betting The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo will be popular. I have chosen a theme in a theme since I have limited knowledge and the theme is Ingmar Bergman, the great Swedish director. I call my list the Good, The Bad and the WTF??
1. THE SEVENTH SEAL-1957
I love this film and find it so richly layered and thought provoking. It takes place during the Middle Ages just after one of the Crusades. A young knight, played by Max Von Sydow( you know him as the old priest in The Exorcist) who plays chess with Death to bide time until he can find a way to make his life a difference. He is jaded, tired and questioning his faith. He meets a very young couple who are jugglers and have hope amidst the war, plague and threat of being called a witch. I love the image of death here and it has often been parodied from Saturday Night Live to Monty Python. Well worth seeing. This is the good.
2. ALL THESE WOMEN-1964
Ughhh this is bad....blechhh bad. Bergman tried to make a comedy and it didn't work. I saw it in a film class and our Prof. was trying to tell us it was full of nuances. We were all just groaning...bad, bad, bad. I'm trying to recall the plot....something about a man from the 1920's who is involved with all these women. Considering Bergman was involved with Bibi Anderson and Liv Ullmann maybe he was thinking about himself...who knows and who cares...now on to WTF??
I don't know what to tell ya. So this is considered one of his masterpieces and I am still scratching my head even though it has been a long time since I saw this trippy flick. The lead singer suddenly can't speak...or won't speak. She is taken to a secluded place with her nurse who never shuts up. They seem to be melting into one person and you get confused as to which person is which since the actresses look similar. The shots are quite unique with the faces cut in half and part of the face is not on the screen. Another image can be one face looking directly in front of the camera with her face partially off the screen and the other actress in the background in profile. I think Bergman was on drugs myself and even though the images have stuck with me, I still have no real desire to watch it. I do love it when other films or shows make fun of this movie. I was watching The Animaniacs(I love them) and there was an episode where they are with Death and they start talking and being viewed like Persona...I laughed so hard and know most people and kids have no idea what they were making fun of.
Have you seen any Scandinavian movies??
Just one more....