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  • Actors: Ingrid Thulin, Max von Sydow, Barbro Kollberg, Anna Lindahl, Ake Gronberg
  • Directors: Ingmar Bergman
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2012
  • Run Time: 457 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00744BINI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,767 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Legendary auteur Ingmar Bergman emerged in the late 40s as an art-house icon and remained one for more than four decades.

This set includes four early masterpieces on DVD

  • IT RAINS ON OUR LOVE (1946)
  • A SHIP BOUND FOR INDIA (1947)
  • SAWDUST AND TINSEL (1953)
  • DREAMS (1955)
  • SO CLOSE TO LIFE (1958)

Extra Features:

  • THE WOMEN AND BERGMAN (DOCUMENTARY)
  • THE MEN AND BERGMAN (DOCUMENTARY)

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These early Bergman movies are of sheer beauty. Thanks to these nice people at Artificial Eye. For me this is the best Blu-Ray release of 2012. Bergman is a true breathtaking story teller. All five a joy to watch.
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"Sawdust and Tinsel" deserves to be remembered as one of Bergman's best films, in my opinion.

Like with most Bergman films, it engenders a hostile response from most who see it, stirring up a diabolical concoction of the kind of emotions and impulses Bergman mercilessly exposed in his films. Bergman's best films allows us to see, as if in a mirror, all those aspects of our humanity we labor diligently to conceal from ourselves, because we prefer instead to luxuriate subconsciously in our own evil and corruption whilst consciously lulling our conscience to sleep with illusions of our supposed prelapsarian innocence. Hollywood cinema is largely so popular because it accommodates our desire to see ourselves as better than we are. Filmmakers who refuse to accommodate this desire, and who hold up a mirror to man's shadow, will always be rewarded with little more than the vituperation of the masses.

The film is remarkable for its vision of life as an orgy of symbolic cannibalism. The circus troupe in the film has been reduced to little more than a spectacle for the sinister amusement of a many-headed monster.

The society depicted in the film is little more than a gallery of grotesques, all of them in confederacy against anyone who deviates from the norm.

The opening sequence is remarkable, establishing the themes that would be further elaborated upon throughout the film, perfectly setting the tone for its vision of life as a humiliating slog, and something of a sacrificial orgy. The clown Frost is publicly humiliated, assailed on all sides by the mercilessly jeers of the mob.
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Finally, after a months waiting, the product is released. The problem with Artificial Eye is that they can't keep up the release dates and keep postponing. This time they did a far better job with these 5 films from the Swedish master, Ingmar Bergman, than they did with Mizoguchi Collection. 4 of the five films are here for the first time and the HD transfer is complimentary to the director. One must admit that anyhow the films made by Bergman are in a far better state than the ones of Mizoguchi and probably to master the image and sound was way easier. Anyhow, to come back to the movies. The five are spread over a period of 12 years from the beginning of his career as film director. As one can expect out of such art-house movies, they are not meant for anybody. The level or artistic achievement and drama is the usual Bergman style. The humor within his movies is somehow present in small portions or larger ones and makes out of the final films delights. I won't spoil the subjects of these movies, but I will only add that the package is beautifully crafted and there are two special documentaries on two of the discs. I've paid a very attractive price as I ordered it through Amazon's pre-order option. It is so worth the buy!
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The title 'Classic Bergman' is a misnomer - this Artificial Eye box set is actually a more or less random selection of 5 early / minor Bergman films on 5 discs. Only one film - Sawdust & Tinsel - could really be considered `classic'. Nonetheless, now the price has come down to around £20 (when I purchased it in 2013) this box set is a useful way to fill some gaps in your collection if you are a big Bergman fan.
Bergman's early filmography is a bit confusing but, according to the box notes, disc one IT RAINS ON OUR LOVE (1946) was Bergman's second film. Like most of his early films it is a romantic melodrama about a young couple from the wrong side of the tracks rebelling against an oppressive society and its bourgeois morality. As a representation of proletarian youth it's not too convincing but it is a very watchable film, with quite a few Bergmanesque touches, including an arch narrator who pops up now & then to comment on the plot and then turns out to be a character (of sorts) in the story.
Disc two is another early `apprentice' film A SHIP BOUND FOR INDIA (1947) - a convoluted melodrama about a down-at-heel sailor family trying to salvage a wrecked boat. It resembles Hollywood B movies of the time - except Bergman throws in some Oedipal psychodrama to spice things up. Lots of interesting cinematography, as if Bergman was trying things out, learning his craft.
For disc three we jump several years & several films for SAWDUST & TINSEL (1953) the tale of a struggling circus troupe. By this time Bergman had indeed learnt his craft - it is a very accomplished film with a great cast firing on all cylinders. Lots of memorable scenes, including the famous opening with Frost the clown clambering over the rocks.
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Thanks for let purchase this item and add it to my collection it was a very unlike find thank you very much
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