Bergman's first shot-for-TV effort, Scenes originally ran 300 minutes in six parts—each with a chapter title ranging from “Innocence and panic …” to “In the middle of the night, in a dark house…” A truly harrowing chronicle—much of it in lacerating close-up—of the death of what initially looks like a perfect marriage. Erland Josephson and Liv Ullmann are nothing short of miraculous as they fight out over a period of years all of the skirmishes and assaults, retreats and truces, betrayals and surrenders  that constitute their coming apart and reconstitution—as couple and individuals. A Swedish-TV Civil War, Scenes makes us see how poisonous and sustaining the umbilicals of Bergman's marital unions can be.

  • Directed By Ingmar Bergman
  • 1974
  • Sweden
  • Digibeta
  • 168 minutes