Wild Strawberries' (Smultronstället) DVD, Ingmar Bergman (1957), New & Sealed
'Wild Strawberries' ('Smultronstället') is a beautiful movie. Not only in its story but also in the looks. Ingmar Bergman, one of the greatest of filmmakers, has made a movie that is interesting from start to finish. The story about an older man who has dreams and hallucinations that make him realize that he has lived an empty and cold life is great.
I don't want to say too much about the story but a little is needed. Professor Isak Borg (Victor Sjöström) must travel to Lund to receive an honorary award from the university. He takes his daughter in law, Marianne (Ingrid Thulin), with him. She left her husband Evald (Gunnar Björnstrand) for reasons not to be revealed by me. She doesn't like Isak because he only thinks of himself, he is cold, not a nice man. On the road they meet and take some people and every time the old professor falls a sleep he has a dream about the events in his past.
The first dream sequence shows him his own death and it is a great moment. From there the dreams show how empty and cold he is, the mistakes in his life, they even explain that what his punishment is for the things he has done. Every dream is as great as the first. In the end when he does a first try to make things good again we feel what the professor must feel and it is a beautiful moment.
'Wild Strawberries' is a great movie. There are messages and deeper thoughts, but the movie is also great if you just watch it and don't think too much about those things. Bergman makes every shot worth watching and therefore you have a good time anyway.
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Writing credits: Ingmar Bergman (written by)
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
Coding: All Region Code / NTSC format
Video: 4:3 Fullscreen
Audio: Dolby Digital / AC-3 / 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitles: Chinese / English / None (Removable)
Colour: Black & White