|Mon 20 Aug||11:00||Book||(Auditorium - Subs)|
When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface.
Among the unlikeliest Best Picture nominees of all time, not only due to its status as a foreign-language film but also as it’s a formally experimental, thematically uncompromising work, ‘Cries and Whispers’ is one of the Bergman’s bleakest films (and not surprisingly, one of Terence Davies’ favourite films). A chamber piece forged in blockish blacks, whites and blood-reds, it’s perhaps the culmination of Bergman’s recurrent obsession with the jealousy, malice and sheer hatefulness that can infect sisterly relationships. Yet the film takes in other familiar notions, like female duty versus female selfishness, maternal relationships, religious faith, and an almost paranoiac horror of the body, Bergman is rightly known as cinema’s great humanist, but sometimes his vision of humanity is one that begins and ends in despair. Bergman’s first foray into colour is quite a shock. (subtitles)
NB: Ian Christie will be giving an illustrated talk on Bergman following this screening in the Studio