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Smultronstället (1957)

After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence.

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Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Sjöström ... Dr. Eberhard Isak Borg
Bibi Andersson ... Sara
Ingrid Thulin ... Marianne Borg
Gunnar Björnstrand ... Dr. Evald Borg
Jullan Kindahl ... Agda
Folke Sundquist ... Anders
Björn Bjelfvenstam Björn Bjelfvenstam ... Viktor
Naima Wifstrand ... Mrs. Borg - Isak's Mother
Gunnel Broström ... Berit Alman
Gertrud Fridh ... Karin Borg - Isak's wife
Sif Ruud ... Aunt Olga
Gunnar Sjöberg ... Sten Alman / The Examiner
Max von Sydow ... Henrik Åkerman
Åke Fridell ... Karin's lover
Yngve Nordwall ... Uncle Aron
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Storyline

With the exception of his elderly housekeeper Miss Agda who he treats almost like a surrogate platonic wife, widowed seventy-eight year old Dr. Isak Borg, a former medical doctor and professor, has retreated from any human contact, partly his own want but partly the decision of others who do not want to spend time with him because of his cold demeanor. He is traveling from his home in Stockholm to Lund to accept an honorary degree. Instead of flying as was the original plan, he decides to take the day long drive instead. Along for the ride is his daughter-in-law Marianne, who had been staying with him for the month but has now decided to go home. The many stops and encounters along the way make him reminisce about various parts of his life. Those stops which make him reminisce directly are at his childhood summer home, at the home of his equally emotionally cold mother, and at a gas station where the attendants praise him as a man for his work. But the lives of other people they ... Written by Huggo

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from Ingmar Bergman...creator of "Smiles of a Summer Night" and "The Seventh Seal" See more »

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Drama | Romance

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12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | Latin

Release Date:

26 December 1957 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Wilde aardbeien See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Svensk Filmindustri (SF) See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 1966, a 91 minute German-speaking radio program adapted from the film was produced to be aired in West Germany and Austria. It was directed by Rudolf Noelte. See more »

Goofs

The front license plate on the VW disappears when untying the rope. See more »

Quotes

Anders: Ah, when creation shows so much beauty, how radiant must be the source!
Hitch Hiking Sara: [to the Professor and Marianne] He is going to be a minister and Anders a doctor.
Viktor: Reciting poetry is against our agreement not to discuss God or science on the trip.
Hitch Hiking Sara: It was beautiful.
Viktor: How can anyone today study to become a minister!
Anders: Your rationalism is as dry as dust.
Viktor: I say that modern man...
Anders: I say that...
Viktor: Believes in only himself and his biological death.
Anders: Modern man is a figment of your imagination. Man regards death with ...
[...]
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Referenced in Bakomfilm Smultronstället (1957) See more »

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KUNGLIGA SOEDERMANLANDS REGEMENTES MARSCH
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Music by Carl Axel Lundvall
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Stunning Bergman Masterpiece -- Maybe His Best?
20 September 2006 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

"Wild Strawberries" profoundly moved me. The theme -- an old man coming up fast on death and wondering if his life has had any meaning -- is an old one for Bergman, and one which he explored ad nauseum throughout the subsequent decades. But here Bergman approaches the question with an uncharacteristic optimism and sense of hope. For once, he seems to come close to finding some peace with the unknowns of life that obviously preoccupied him as an artist, and the movie he gives us is sad but immensely warm; resigned but calm and reflective.

An unequivocal masterpiece, and only one of a handful of Bergman films ("Persona" and "Cries and Whispers" being two others) that don't drive me over the edge when I watch them now.

Grade: A+


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