Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries – Sweden – 1957 – Drama.  “One of Bergman’s warmest, and therefore finest films.”-Time Out.   In the late 1950’s the films of Ingmar Bergman dominated world cinema.  Consider Summer with Monika-1953, Smiles of a Summer Night-1955, Seventh Seal-1957, and Wild Strawberries-1957, plus four more in those five years, all of which he both wrote and directed.  Wild Strawberries is arguably the best of the lot.  Aged professor Isak Borg, en route to receive an award from his alma mater delves into his past, meditating on a life he no longer understands.  “Victor Sjostrom’s magnificent performance carries an emotional authority that gives Bergman’s great movie a warmth and an accessibility that it might not otherwise have had.”-Guardian.  Incidents and conversations occurring during the journey are intermixed with dreams and memories as the old man comes to terms with the life he has lived.  “Each step along the trip yields new faces, new situations, and dilemmas — all leading back to the film’s ideas about love, life, death, accomplishment, and incompetence.”-PopMatters.  “Bergman’s often heralded masterpiece of European cinema is more than a formal delight. It’s funny, touching, and very, very emotional.”-Scene-Stealers.com.

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