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Wild Strawberries[1957] [VHS]

Victor Sjöström , Bibi Andersson , Ingmar Bergman    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Jullan Kindahl
  • Directors: Ingmar Bergman
  • Writers: Ingmar Bergman
  • Producers: Allan Ekelund
  • Format: Import
  • Language: Latin, Swedish
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan
  • VHS Release Date: 29 May 2000
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004T0XP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,131 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Made in 1957, Wild Strawberries finds the great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman at the height of his powers. It's a road movie, in effect: an aged medical professor (Victor Sjöström)--lonely, disillusioned and haunted by dreams of death--travels across country to receive an honorary degree. But as with all good road movies, the outer journey parallels an inner one. Incidents along the road conjure up memories, and Professor Borg finds himself forced to confront the failures and lost opportunities of his life. Gentle and elegiac, Bergman's film is a masterpiece of compassion and reconciliation, and also a tribute to his predecessor Sjöström, the greatest Swedish director of the silent era. The 78-year-old film maker gives an austere, moving performance, and Bergman treats his lined features like a landscape of yearning and regret. Sjöström is ably supported by other members of Bergman's regular repertory company of the period, particularly Bibi Andersson, heartbreakingly appealing, as the lost love of Borg's youth. --Philip Kemp

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Language: Swedish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English
Video Aspect Ratio: Original Academy Ratio

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwrenching Masterpiece 21 April 2003
I think this was the first Ingmar Bergmann film I had ever seen. I had heard that his films were either very deep or very dull. This is deep, but by no means dull - I'd say it's the strongest argument I've seen for cinema being considered art. Watching Victor Sjostrom's character facing the brink of death and looking back nostalgically at his youth, the movie seems to capture the human sense of grief over the passing of time, and getting old - indeed, of mortality.
The performances are terrific - Bibi Andersson couldn't be more cute if she tried and Ingrid Thulin clenches her teeth with admirable restraint throughout. Sjostrom is suprisingly strong - he hadn't acted for nearly 10 years prior to this film, was famed for being a director.
There is no doubt that, like most of Bergmann's films, it operates on several levels, but this is his most accessible film. It moves at a gentle pace but it is constantly captivating and thoroughly moving. If you want to get into his films, then I would advise you to start here. You won't regret it.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SHARP BUT SWEET TASTE 14 Nov 2000
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This is one of Bergman's more optimistic films which paradoxically asserts vitality through the subject matter of death, although it has its dark moments like all of his films. The professor, Isak Borg, is approaching the end of his life and the film is about his journey to Lund to receive an honourary degree. ...The film is narrated by Isak Borg and reflects on his idyllic childhood, but we soon realize that we may be watching his imagination rather than the actual events. Alongside these extended flash-backs are dream sequences which remind one of Borg's imminent death from old age, and the narrative of the journey itself. This journey in literal and metaphorical terms is his final pilgrimage, .... Along the journey Borg meets characters and obstacles which remind him of his past and missed opportunities. However, in general I saw this reassessment of his life as a poisitive act.
On the one hand, the tone of this film is one of regret for past events, but on the other it is one of richness and gratitude for the experiences of life. As always with Bergman, the photography is superb and the symbolism precise yet open to interpretation. I would thoroughly recommend this film to any Bergman fan and (it therefore follows) any cinema fan. Certain aspects may appear dated to contemporary film viewers, but if such quality is dated, I want to live in the past along with Isak Borg...
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Bergman's best and most accessible films 25 Feb 2002
I have watched this film on several occasions and it gets better each time.
It's a kind of 'road movie'. The journey taken across the Swedish landscape by hero Professor Isak also becomes the backward movement of memory and the forward movement toward death.
The surreal dream-scene early in the film, in which Isak sees his own bizarre funeral, sets up the context for the film.
As he goes further and further into his reminiscences, he finds regret in lost love.
These bitter-sweet memories capture the idyllic, ephemeral 'wild strawberries' of the title.
The way in which Bergman moves between the different worlds of the real present, memory and dreams is an object lesson in cinema.
An astounding film which will repay repeated viewing on DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars In search of lost time 22 May 2009
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Bergman makes films with the depth and subtlety that a writer uses in writing great novels.This film is a lodestone in it's ability to set the template for all future films.There is a nightmare sequence that is truly astonishing,clocks without hands,people without faces,a coffin revealing himself that has fallen off a carriage.The power of the leading actor(Sjostrom) who himself was one of Sweden's great directors to convey changes of emotion from sadness to joy.The road trip he takes is both external by car to Lund to collect an honorary doctorate for his lifetime acheivements.Its also internal,through dreams and memories into the wild strawberry-patch of the unconscious.With his daughter-in-law Marianne(Tulin) he explores the highways and the by-ways,picking up hitch-hikers enroute,having a minor accident with a squabbling married couple.His dedication to his science has cut him off from the spontaneous springs of innocence,love and happiness.The symbolism is not heavy-handed,it meshes beautifully in with the past,the present and the future of his life.Bibi Andersson plays both his early love Sara,who he loses through his coldness and one of the young hitch-hikers on their way to Italy.The black and white filmography is a superbly executed achieve-
ment.The dialogue has Dickensian power,the narrative is like a beautiful jewel that glimmers,the dream sequences are expressive and surrealistic.All the characters are working, from his cold dowager mother to Von Sydow as a garage mechanic.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High quality film 21 July 2004
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A thought-provoking, bittersweet, intimate and poignant journey through a fulfilled but regretful life, this film continuously captivates and entertains. Ingmar Bergman excels in knitting together dreams, memories, imaginings and the present to explore the human soul. Large credit should be given to the cast for outstanding performances, particularly Victor Sjostrom as the old professor nearing the end of his life, Ingrid Thulin as the stoical daughter-in-law and Bibi Anderson as the charming lost-love and the effervescent hitchhiker.
Although a sorrowful experience, the appeal of this film will never fade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM
I am doing a project on Bergman, and am trying to watch as many of his films as possible, so needed to get them at a good price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A heartbreaking masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
It's mainly through my love of Woody Allen and his movies that I've come to know and love Ingmar Bergman. Thanks Woody! Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2012 by Sebastian Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Swedes 1 The Rest 0
From the start, there is very little to criticize in Wild Strawberries. The performances, down to a cameo by Max von Sydow, are all perfect. The wit, the comedy (yes! Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2012 by Mario
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another Bergman film I deeply admired without quite loving on...
An old doctor (a magnificent performance by Victor Sjostrom) takes a
car trip to receive an award for 50 years in medicine, accompanied by
his daughter in law, and some... Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by K. Gordon
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An old doctor (a magnificent performance by Victor Sjostrom) takes a
car trip to receive an award for 50 years in medicine, accompanied by
his daughter in law, and some... Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars A visit to the wild strawberries
I saw this film first as the projectionist at a university film club; not an ideal situation for relaxed viewing but it made an impression and I have watched it a few times since. Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2011 by RR Waller
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bergman
An aging Professor is due to collect his honary degree. The night before the ceremony he has a disturbing dream which he believes is a prediction of his own death. Read more
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