Saturday, 28 June 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 202: Tue Jul 22

Wild Strawberries (Bergman, 1957): Prince Charles Cinema, 9pm

This screens as part of the cinema's Classic Films season. Details here.

Time Out review:
One of Bergman's warmest, and therefore finest films, this concerns an elderly academic - grouchy, introverted, dried up emotionally - who makes a journey to collect a university award, and en route relives his past by means of dreams, imagination, and encounters with others. It's an occasionally over-symbolic work (most notably in the opening nightmare sequence), but it's filled with richly observed characters and a real feeling for the joys of nature and youth. And Sjöström - himself a celebrated director, best known for his silent work (which included the Hollywood masterpiece The Wind) - gives an astonishingly moving performance as the aged professor. As Bergman himself wrote of his performance in the closing moments: 'His face shone with secretive light, as if reflected from another reality...It was like a miracle'. 
Geoff Andrew

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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