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Shame

Shame

Shame

1968 / 103min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: INGMAR BERGMAN

CAST: LIV ULLMANN, MAX VON SYDOW, SIGGE FüRST, GUNNAR BJöRNSTRAND

“Bermanesque” has become a misused code for a type of international art cinema, and leads to a general overview of greatness, without appreciating how, on a film by film basis, perhaps no other modern filmmaker made so many masterpieces over a continued period. Whether or not Shame is the greatest of all Bergmans is not the question, but it is one of the greatest of all films. Ullman and Sydow are a couple riding out an ongoing war on a remote island, their psychodrama played against mobilizing tanks and scorched earth. It’s shattering.