- Wild Strawberries (film)
name = Wild Strawberries
caption = Original film poster
Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand
December 26, 1957( Sweden) June 22, 1959(USA)
runtime = 91 min.
country = SWE
language = Swedish
amg_id = 1:54583
imdb_id = 0050986
"Wild Strawberries" is a
1957 filmwritten and directed by Ingmar Bergman, about an old man recalling his past. The original Swedish title is "Smultronstället", which literally means "the wild strawberry patch". The cast includes Bergman regulars Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulinand Gunnar Björnstrand. Max von Sydowalso appears in a small role. Bergman wrote the screenplay while in hospital.cite web | url = http://www.ingmarbergman.se/page.asp?guid=B31C7193-D784-4A94-88F2-98886CF35BFF&LanCD=EN | title = Wild Strawberries | accessdate = 2007-04-15 | publisher = The Ingmar Bergman Foundation] In light of Bergman's recent death, the film's great emotional struggles have been the cause of it gaining the recognition as one of his great works.
Isak Borg (
Victor Sjöström) is an elderly medical doctorand professorwho drives with his daughter-in-law Marianne ( Ingrid Thulin) from Stockholmto Lundto receive an honorary degreefrom Lund University. During the trip, he is forced by nightmares, daydreams, his old age, and his impending deathto re-evaluate his life. He meets a variety of people on the road, from Sara, a female hitcher travelling with her fiance and escort, to a quarrelling married couple who remind Isak of his own life and marriage.
Awards and recognition
The film won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the
Berlin International Film Festival. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay.
The film is included on the
VaticanBest Films List, recommended for its portrayal of a man's "interior journey from pangs of regret and anxiety to a refreshing sense of peace and reconciliation". [U.S. Catholic Bishops - Office of Film and Broadcasting, [http://www.usccb.org/fb/vaticanfilms.htm Vatican Best Films List] ]
The film was the inspiration for
Deconstructing Harry, written and directed by Woody Allen, in which a man (Allen) goes on a road trip to his former university to receive an honorary degree and on the way meets an assortment of characters and re-evaluates his life.
Victor Sjöström— Professor Isak Borg
Bibi Andersson— Sara
Ingrid Thulin— Marianne Borg
Gunnar Björnstrand— Evald Borg
Jullan Kindahl— Agda
Folke Sundquist— Anders
Björn Bjelfvenstam— Viktor
Naima Wifstrand— Isak's Mother
Gunnel Broström— Mrs. Alman
Gertrud Fridh— Karin, Isak's wife
Sif Ruud— Aunt Olga
Gunnar Sjöberg— Sten Alman
Max von Sydow— Henrik Åkerman
Åke Fridell— Karin's lover
Yngve Nordwall— Uncle Aron
Per Sjöstrand— Sigfrid Borg
Gio Petré— Sigbritt Borg
Gunnel Lindblom— Charlotta Borg
Maud Hansson— Angelica Borg
Ann-Marie Wiman— Eva Åkerman
Eva Norée— Anna Borg
Lena Bergman— Kristina Borg, twin
Monica Ehrling— Birgitta Borg, twin
*Imdb title | id=0050986 | title=Smultronstället
* [http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=139&eid=203§ion=essay Criterion Collection essay by Peter Cowie]
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