Combustible Celluloid
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With: Liv Ullmann, Max von Sydow, Sigge Fürst, Gunnar Björnstrand, Birgitta Valberg, Hans Alfredson, Ingvar Kjellson, Frank Sundström, Ulf Johansson, Vilgot Sjöman, Bengt Eklund, G�sta Prüzelius, Willy Peters, Barbro Hiort af Ornäs, Agda Helin
Written by: Ingmar Bergman
Directed by: Ingmar Bergman
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: Swedish with English subtitles
Running Time: 103
Date: 09/29/1968

Shame (1968)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

War Shorn

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Like Hour of the Wolf before it, Shame (1968) again plunks Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullmann -- this time as classical musicians -- on a remote island, but this time war breaks out and the couple must learn to re-adjust their beliefs and values in a time of crisis. I confess I didn't make it all the way through this one; it's pretty harrowing and depressing and I don't like war movies as a general rule. MGM's DVD comes with an audio commentary track by Bergman's American biographer Marc Gervais, a featurette, The Search for Humanity, an interview with Ullmann, photo galleries and a trailer.

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