The Shame

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Time Out says

Bergman's magisterial confrontation with war, set in a characteristically ambivalent decor, either a peaceful farm somewhere in Sweden or a landscape from Goya secreting intimations of disaster. Here live a man and wife, indifferent to the war until it arrives on their doorstep to strip their lives to the bone. Presenting war with shattering power as a blindly destructive force, Bergman uses it brilliantly as a background to the real pain: the way the couple are forced to look at each other, and to realise that the only honest feeling they have about their relationship is shame. It ends with one of the cinema's most awesomely apocalyptic visions: not the cheeriest of films, but a masterpiece.
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Release details

UK release:

1968

Duration:

103 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Cast:

Sigge Fürst, Gunnar Björnstrand, Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Birgitta Valberg

Art Director:

PA Lundgren

Editor:

Ulla Ryghe

Cinematography:

Sven Nykvist

Screenwriter:

Ingmar Bergman

Producer:

Lars-Owe Carlberg

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