Ingmar Bergmanâs Shame is at once an examination of the violent legacy of World War II and a scathing response to the escalation of the conflict in Vietnam. Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann star as musicians living in quiet retreat on a remote island farm, until the civil war that drove them from the city catches up with them there. Amid the chaos of the military struggle, vividly evoked by pyrotechnics and by Sven Nykvistâs handheld camera work, the two are faced with impossible moral choices that tear at the fabric of their relationship. This film, which contains some of the most devastating scenes in Bergmanâs oeuvre, shows the impact of war on individual lives.
Interviews with director Ingmar Bergman and a brief excerpt from a press conference for the film, recorded in 1967 and â68 for Swedish television
New interview with actor Liv Ullmann
An Introduction to Ingmar Bergman, a 1968 documentary made during the filmâs production, featuring an extensive interview with Bergman