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Cries and Whispers [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1972]

Release Date:03/31/2015

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    Special Features

    • Introduction by director Ingmar Bergman from 2001
    • New interview with actor Harriet Andersson, conducted by historian Peter Cowie
    • On Solace, a new video essay by filmmaker ::kogonada
    • Behind-the-scenes footage with commentary by Cowie
    • Ingmar Bergman: Reflection on Life, Death, and Love with Erland Josephson (2000), a fifty-two-minute interview with Bergman and his longtime collaborator
    • Trailer


    Cries and Whispers
    Cries and Whispers stars Liv Ullman and Ingrid Thulin as the sisters of dying cancer patient Harriet Andersson. Both sisters have already had brushes with death: Ullman has had an affair which prompted her husband's suicide, while Thulin has long wanted to do away with herself, at one point mutilating her own vagina out of self-hatred. As for Andersson, she has been in pain so long that she feels as though she's in the midst of death-in-life. With her two sisters wrapped up in their own problems, Harriet turns to her housekeeper Kari Sylwan for comfort; Sylwan has herself suffered the death of a child, and has developed a philosophical attitude towards impending doom. One of the most influential moments of the film -- when two of the sisters share the innermost thoughts that they'd kept from one another for so many years -- is filmed without benefit of dialogue, with the music of Chopin (enhanced by cinematographer Sven Nykvist's carefully selected camera angles) "speaking" for the ladies. While Cries and Whispers only won the Oscar for cinematography, the film did very well for itself in international awards contests. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Harriet Andersson
      Harriet Andersson - Agnes
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      Kari Sylwan - Anna
    • Ingrid Thulin
      Ingrid Thulin - Karin
    • Liv Ullmann
      Liv Ullmann - Maria
    • Erland Josephson
      Erland Josephson - David, the doctor

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