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Classic Film Series: CRIES AND WHISPERS

CRIES AND WHISPERS Ingmar Bergman Centennial Film Series

Film screening: CRIES AND WHISPERS
Friday, November 9, 2018
7:30 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus

Free and open to the public.

(Sweden, 1972, 91 minutes, color)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Starring Harriet Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Kari Sylwan.

Nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay, CRIES AND WHISPERS explores the relationships among three sisters while one of them lies dying of cancer. As the end draws near, buried resentments and painful jealousies begin to surface.

Roger Ebert praised the film in his February, 1973, four-star review published in the Chicago Sun-Times:

"Although we are all likely to see many films in our lives, there will be few like this one. It is hypnotic, disturbing, frightening. ... we have been surrounded by the vision of a film maker who has absolute mastery of his art. 'Cries and Whispers' is about dying, love, sexual passion, hatred and death - in that order." Read the review.

Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007), a giant of world cinema, is often compared with other founding figures of modern art, including Pablo Picasso and Samuel Beckett. His films frequently explore mortality, sickness, insanity, sin, betrayal, grief and faith. The screenings of CRIES AND WHISPERS, THE SEVENTH SEAL, and THE BEST INTENTIONS mark the 100th anniversary of Bergman’s birth.