Summer With Monika

Summer With Monika – Sweden – 1953 – Drama   Directed by Ingmar Bergman.  “Thanks to international distributors sensationalizing its sexual frankness, this bittersweet drama of ill-fated first love helped establish Ingmar Bergman as a filmmaker.” TV Guide.  The sensual Harriet Andersson (in her first of 9 films with Bergman) was  a sensation, and the film’s fame… Continue reading Summer With Monika

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… Continue reading Wild Strawberries

Gadjo Dilo

Gadjo Dilo – Roma/France/Romania – 1997 – Drama.  Director Tony Gatlif.  One of the best films about Roma (Gypsy) life in Eastern Europe today.  “Gatlif, of Algerian Roma heritage, is one of those rare, instinctive artists who seems wholly motivated by the desire to envelope viewers in his sense of intoxication with the world’s beauty… Continue reading Gadjo Dilo