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#176 Post by Cinephrenic » Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:24 pm

The Virgin Spring?

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#177 Post by Big Ben » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:18 pm

Cinephrenic wrote:The Virgin Spring?
Yes it's on there if that's what you're asking.

Thankfully we've been spared The Serpent's Egg.

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#178 Post by Cremildo » Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:00 pm

Big Ben wrote:Thankfully we've been spared The Serpent's Egg.
I'm very sorry it wasn't included. It's never been released anamorphically on DVD. Quite a wasted opportunity here.

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#179 Post by domino harvey » Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:09 pm

If Criterion somehow don't have it, I'm certain Kino Lorber will release it

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#180 Post by Big Ben » Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:10 pm

Cremildo wrote:
Big Ben wrote:Thankfully we've been spared The Serpent's Egg.
I'm very sorry it wasn't included. It's never been released anamorphically on DVD. Quite a wasted opportunity here.
I meant it more as a joke and it most certainly doesn't come off that way and I'm sorry about that. I don't think any of Bergman's films should languish in obscurity but everyone even remotely familiar with the film knows it's not hailed widely as a masterpiece.

I am however very excited to see what they do with Winter Light, Through a Glass Darkly and The Silence.

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#181 Post by dda1996a » Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:20 am

It's no masterpiece but I was quite a fan. At least if I recall correctly it had no psychosexual self hatred which I often dislike in Bergman's work (which is why I love Scenes from a Marriage's first two hours but could care less about the last third)

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#182 Post by Big Ben » Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:18 am

I was always more enthralled by the "Everything is awful and God might not exist" stuff. My favorite Bergman story is the one involving someone being so disgusted with The Silence they sent him a piece of used toilet paper.

I'm most interested in Hour of the Wolf though. Can anyone comment on that one?

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#183 Post by dda1996a » Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:32 am

Yeah I like his spiritual and religious films more as well. I still have all his most famous films to go through (Faith trilogy, Virgin Spring) and this seems like a wonderful experience to go through his filmography.
I watched Hour of the Wolf way too young, but I recall being impressed with it (its his closest to a horror movie, and Nykvist's lens in is immaculate as always. I'll be curious to check it out again.
What films are missing aside from Serpent's Egg that are worthwhile?
No Face to Face as well...

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#184 Post by movielocke » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:32 pm

Devils eye is very playful and fun, sort of a religious film filtered through a smiles of a summer night-I'm-not-in-a-depressive-cycle-right-now Bergman. It's one of his most surprising films I thought. Would make a good double feature with haxan or devil and Daniel Webster.

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#185 Post by albucat » Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:15 pm

From Film Forum's list of upcoming releases:

MARCH 14 – 27 2 WEEKS

EIGHT HOURS DON’T MAKE A DAY
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER

GERMANY 1972/2017 IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
JANUS FILMS

5 FEATURE-LENGTH FILMS THAT WILL BE SCREENED IN 3 PARTS

The astonishingly prolific Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945-1982) directed over 40 movies in 15 years. Yet one of his most sprawling works has remained unreleased in the U.S. until now: the epic 1972 working-class miniseries, EIGHT HOURS DON’T MAKE A DAY. It stars many of his favored actors: Hanna Schygulla (THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN), Gottfried John (BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ), Irm Hermann (THE MERCHANT OF FOUR SEASONS), Kurt Raab (WHY DOES HERR R. RUN AMOK?). It’s a family drama in which the rights of both workers and wives are up for grabs. The vagaries of postwar German capitalism and the changing relationships among men, women, and children fuel the mix through weddings, birthdays, family dinners, workers’ meetings, and romantic trysts. Fassbinder’s people find themselves strangers in a strange new world -- a prescient insight into 21st century anomie. “A major work, on a par with the director’s greatest.”
– Nick Pinkerton, Sight & Sound

New 2k digital restoration from the 16mm reversal positive, digitized and restored by ARRI, under the artistic direction of Juliane Maria Lorenz. Funded by: MoMA, FFA Film und Medien Stiftung NRW ARRI Media, RWFF, RWF Werkschau, and Verlag der Autoren.

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#188 Post by Roscoe » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:06 am

Funny -- I hadn't realized Bergman had directed Scorsese's SILENCE.

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#189 Post by dda1996a » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:42 am

It's actually Shinoda's Silence. Wonder if it's in the works

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#190 Post by Roscoe » Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:38 pm

They seem to have got the right SILENCE up now.

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#191 Post by Andrew_VB » Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:02 am

it says 24 films but the seventh seal is there twice. is it 23 films or is something missing?

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#192 Post by Minkin » Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:15 am

Andrew_VB wrote:it says 24 films but the seventh seal is there twice. is it 23 films or is something missing?
They seem to keep giving different info. The poster on the previous page of this topic lists 32 films (and says "over 30!"), while the Janus front page says "traveling retrospective of all of his feature films!"

So who knows at this point. At worst/best - a whole lot more Bergman is coming.

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#195 Post by Minkin » Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:45 pm

Also Salesman is touring - so now we have an upgrade we can actually predict.

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#198 Post by Big Ben » Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:31 pm

I was wondering about Shame and Hour of the Wolf because the rights were with MGM I believe? They had a sort of arthouse band they put at the top of foreign films like Fellini Satyricon. I notice another MGM Bergman, The Serpent's Egg is NOT there though. Given it's reputation I'm not shocked.

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#199 Post by jsteffe » Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:57 pm

Big Ben wrote:I was wondering about Shame and Hour of the Wolf because the rights were with MGM I believe? They had a sort of arthouse band they put at the top of foreign films like Fellini Satyricon. I notice another MGM Bergman, The Serpent's Egg is NOT there though. Given it's reputation I'm not shocked.
Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. I think it has to do with the underlying rights. SHAME, HOUR OF THE WOLF, THE PASSION OF ANNA, and PERSONA were produced (or co-produced?) by Svensk Filmindustri and were first distributed in the US by Lopert Pictures and United Artists. When MGM acquired UA, those titles were included in the package. It's simply a case where Janus Films was able to pick up those films now that the older agreement has expired.

THE SERPENT'S EGG was produced by Dino De Laurentiis (during Bergman's period of exile), so Svensk Filmindustri can't license it to Janus as part of this new package. I suppose Janus could license it separately... if they wanted to.

FELLINI SATYRICON was part of a separate deal between the producer Alberto Grimaldi and United Artists. Because of the latter, it also became part of the MGM/UA library.

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#200 Post by Buttery Jeb » Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:05 pm

More Bergman has been added to the Janus site: Faro Document & Faro Document 1979, Thirst and The Touch.

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