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After the Rehearsal [DVD] (1984)

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  • Actors: Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Lena Olin, Ingrid Thulin, Nadja Palmstjerna-Weiss
  • Directors: Ingmar Bergman
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Mar. 2006
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C05YHM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,893 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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In this psychological romantic drama from Ingmar Bergman, theatre director Henrik Volger (Erland Josephson) is struggling to stage a play by August Strindberg. Staying behind after rehearsals to work, Henrik talks with aspiring actress Anna (Lena Olin), who he has just cast in the production. It transpires that Henrik was once involved with her late mother, Rakel (Ingrid Thulin), and Anna's visit causes him to reminisce about their doomed relationship, and about the nature of his own closed-off emotional state.

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A very theatrical piece (literally), made for Swedish television, this
is essentially a 3 character play, all taking place on stage after a
rehearsal of Strindberg's 'Dream Play'.

Erland Josephson - wonderful as always - is the most blatant stand in
for Bergman himself in any of Bergman's films. He plays an aging
director examining his art, his career, and mostly how those interacted
with his relationships, through dialogues with two actresses; a younger
played by Lena Olin, and an older played by Ingrid Thulin. Thulin plays
Olin's now dead mother, who once played the same role the younger woman
is now working on for the director.

What is fantasy, dream or reality stays intentionally muddy. A lot of
the ideas here are interesting and complex, but it does stay (for me)
very much a play of concept and intellectual philosophical exploration,
without a lot emotion.

My favorite of Bergman's works are those (Like Fanny and Alexander,
Scenes From a Marriage, Cries and Whisper, Sarabande, etc.) that
combine Bergman's intellectual rigor with human emotion,

But 'After the Rehearsal' is still an admirable exploration of its
themes, and I wouldn't mind returning to it yet again. As is almost always
the case with Bergman, reactions are very individual, and there are
many who think this is one of his masterpieces.
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Interesting but too much not-to-the-point dialogue and side issues.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ingmar Bergman looks back on how as a director he has dealt with his actors. 16 May 2016
By Mountain Hiker - Published on Amazon.com
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An extremely focused theater piece, very typical Bergman except for the fact that it all takes place in one room. Erland Josephson's performance is terrific.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure in my collection. 23 Aug. 2016
By agatino - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the extraordinary films made by the Master Ingmar Bergman, just when he said he was retiring.
It's a treasure to have it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, intellectual examination of theater and reality 28 May 2012
By KG - Published on Amazon.com
A very theatrical piece (literally), made for Swedish television, this
is essentially a 3 character play, all taking place on stage after a
rehearsal of Strindberg's 'Dream Play'.

Erland Josephson - wonderful as always - is the most blatant stand in
for Bergman himself in any of Bergman's films. He plays an aging
director examining his art, his career, and mostly how those interacted
with his relationships, through dialogues with two actresses; a younger
played by Lena Olin, and an older played by Ingrid Thulin. Thulin plays
Olin's now dead mother, who once played the same role the younger woman
is now working on for the director.

What is fantasy, dream or reality stays intentionally muddy. A lot of
the ideas here are interesting and complex, but it does stay (for me)
very much a play of concept and intellectual philosophical exploration,
without a lot emotion.

My favorite of Bergman's works are those (Like Fanny and Alexander,
Scenes From a Marriage, Cries and Whisper, Sarabande, etc.) that
combine Bergman's intellectual rigor with human emotion,

But 'After the Rehearsal' is still an admirable exploration of its
themes, and I wouldn't mind returning to it yet again. As is almost always
the case with Bergman, reactions are very individual, and there are
many who think this is one of his masterpieces.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The distance and the forgetfulness! 18 April 2007
By Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela - Published on Amazon.com
"After the rehearsal" was the following project after Fanny and Alexander, and once more the master filmmaker employs his emotional memories, and his long experience as theater director to carve in relief a portentous dramatis personae behind stage.

An old but perfectionist director is besieged by two women. One of them, the unforgettable Ingrid Thulin, who desperately wishes he returns with her, through the multiple afflictions and hard conditions. She was a promising actress who feels is in frank deterioration, her5 fears for getting older and an inextinguishable necessity of being accompanied to face her inner demons. On the other side of the coin, a very young actress in vertiginous rise, who really loves him despite his age, and faces him trying to set up him through a very smart dialogues concealed by the mask of the rationality and several discipline of the rules of the profession, in a sort of kaleidoscopic range of emotions, duties, ambitions, dreams and hopes. Both of them decide to open and even theirs souls to unexpected levels.

Only the talent of a sacred director like him could make this powerful first-class gem drama in just 72 min. Towering performances of Erland Josephson, Ingrid Thulin and Lena Olin.

This film is waiting for its release on DVD format.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw this at the Film Forum in New York 18 Nov. 2005
By Greg - Published on Amazon.com
I saw this a couple of years ago at the Film Forum in New York City. It touches on the thoughts of an older theatre director, his interactions with some of the actors in his production, and on acting itself. It is a typical Bergman film - deep thought about life and people. After The Rehearsal is an excellent film, and definitely worth watching multiple times. It is a tragedy that this isn't more widely available in the US with a good translation (a Criterion DVD would certainly suffice...).
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