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  • Actors: Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson, Max von Sydow, Erland Josephson, Erik Hell
  • Directors: Ingmar Bergman
  • Writers: Ingmar Bergman
  • Producers: Lars-Owe Carlberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Aug. 2004
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ADWRG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,557 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The final film in Ingmar Bergman's Faro island trilogy, in which four lost souls attempt to seek solace in each other and outlive their damaged pasts. Andreas Winkelman (Max von Sydow) lives a simple, solitary life on a barren and windswept island. When he meets Anna (Liv Ullmann), a beautiful widow who has been crippled in an accident in which her husband and son died, he finds out more about her past in their first meeting than she realises. The two form a relationship and, at first, see much that they might enjoy together in the lives of their mutual friends, bourgeois married couple Ellis and Evan Vergerus (Bibi Andersson and Erland Josephson). However, Ellis and Evan are themselves living in a world of delusions and psychological turmoil, and Andreas's relationship with Anna soon takes a devastatingly destructive turn when he uses his knowledge about her past against her. The subplot, in which a loner on the island commits suicide after being falsely accused of acts of arson and vandalism, continues the theme of emotional isolation.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 May 2012
Format: DVD
This film represents some remarkable changes for Bergman; using color
in as careful and striking away as had been using black and white, and
a looser, less astringent feel to the story telling (indeed, this was
the first film where he experimented with letting his actors
improvise). The film feels more human, the edges softer. On the other
hands, the themes are classic middle period Bergman - lies vs., truth,
hope vs. despair, etc. And on a plot level there are some interesting
echoes of 'Persona' in both its confused identities and Godard like
interruptions, but in a much subtler more smoothly integrated style.

I found the wonderful acting and fascinating film-making choices
overrode the problem of distance I feel with some of Bergman's early
and middle work. I always admire the films; the bravery, the acting,
the style, the deepness of their ideas, the complete lack of
compromise. But sometimes I just don't feel as drawn in on a visceral
level.

The story; four people on an island; an ex-criminal hiding from
society, an architect with disdain for humanity and his fragile,
insomniac wife, and their friend Anna whose husband and child died in a
car wreck which left her with a limp all end up having their lives
intertwine, leading to revelations and the stripping away of
self-delusions.

The title 'The Passion of Anna' was an invention of the US distributor,
over Bergman's favored 'A Passion'. This is a case where a wrong title
can seriously effect one's perception of a film, since Anna is really a
supporting character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nora Gluckmann on 16 Sept. 2009
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THE PASSION OF ANNA

This film is one of Ingmar Bergman's masterpieces of pessimism and anguish. Impressive and challenging , although extremely depressive and negative, it is always a great artist's work and deserves attention. Around 1960 Bergman changed the usual themes of his older films(wonderful ones as "The 7th seal", "Wild Strawberries", "A Winter Tale", etc.) from Metaphysics ,research of God,etc. to Human Psychology and specially to describe human isolation and alienation, After "Persona" (1966)comes a long period finished with "Fanny and Alexander". I am not sure whether there is a coincidence to his moving to live in Faro, that barren Baltic island, but this was the desolate landscape of part of this set of films, including "Passion", the original title.

The Passion of Anna (Liv Ullman ) is not a love or a sexual passion, but a certain Ideal centered in herself, of Purity and perfection and in her false ability (or only her wish) to dominate difficulties and contradictions of Life. She of course, ignores the quality and the amount of her neurosis who forces also herself to seclude in that Hell of non communication, solitude and consequent failure she (as well as all the other three main characters of the film ) unconsciously search, living in that symbolic isolated and extremely sad Island, with their very troubled minds and in their need of suffering .

Andreas (Max von Sydow)is also and extremely lonely person suffering with perhaps, a more severe neurosis. He is basically perhaps a sadist and a violent and not precisely the ideal for Anna. They choose to live together in a distressing, tormented, anxiety full play. Each one of them as the other couple, "next door neighbours", is alone and isolated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard di Calatrava on 17 Jan. 2012
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...I have noticed that the Twentieth Century Fox Bergman DVDs give us English subtitles for the hard-of-hearing, so that we get comments like 'gunfire', 'music', 'bell rings' or 'door slams'. This is not the case with Tartan or Criterion and I am wondering why TCF does not have a separate subtitle track for this. It's not really a problem but is occasionally distracting.
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By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Sept. 2012
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This is the second time I've watched The Passion of Anna, since I bought the 4 disc Ingmar Bergman Collection that it's included in a few years ago. As with any decent Bergman, it's not always an easy or enjoyable watch, either!

Compared to the rather more weird Shame, in the same 'Faro' trilogy (with Hour Of the Wolf being the other), Passion Of Anna is more Bergman territory and as a result it sits better with us Bergmanites. As it does covering intensely fidelity, mental illness, isolation, both in the human spirit and in one's environment, there's plenty for us to sink our teeth into.

The four-cornered relationship study has Bergman regulars Max von Sydow, Liv Ullman, Bibi Andersson and Erland Josephson. Ullman plays the titular Anna and who is grieving the loss of both her husband and son in a car accident. She meets the stubbornly distant Andreas (von Sydow) who has felt isolated, both physically and emotionally from the rest of the small, isolated island community since the breakdown of his marriage. A now, older von Sydow plays this sort of grizzled, pedantic and bitter character so superbly.

In the other corners are wealthy middle-class Josephson, he an architect with a penchant for collecting images of everything and photographing everyone, filing them all away meticulously. The contrasts between the two men are already dramatically drawn...He seems bored with the ordinariness of his relationship with his wife and his ever-searching mind always looking further afield, the other 'couple' here becoming his subjects.
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