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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:06 pm 
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Eclipse Series 46: Ingrid Bergman's Swedish Years

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Ingrid Bergman appeared in ten films in her native Sweden before the age of twenty-five, and while that work tends to be overshadowed by her time in Hollywood, it showcases the actor summoning an impressive depth of emotion to deliver astute, passionate performances. Under the guidance of filmmakers including the prolific studio director Gustaf Molander, Bergman embraced a range of roles and worked with some of the most celebrated actors in the Swedish film industry, including Gösta Ekman, Karin Swanström, Victor Sjöström, and Lars Hanson. Comedies, romances, and thrillers, the six fascinating films collected here—including Intermezzo, the movie that brought Bergman to America—exhibit the precociously assured talent of a young artist with an illustrious international career ahead of her.

The Count of the Old Town

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Ingrid Bergman's first speaking role was in this hugely charming knockabout comedy, filmed on location in the Monk's Bridge district of Stockholm. Bergman plays an amiable young chambermaid being wooed by a handsome stranger, who may or may not be a jewel thief. Enlivened by cheeky humor and a cast of neighborhood eccentrics, The Count of the Old Town offered Bergman a chance to warm up her all-too-rarely displayed comedy skills.

Walpurgis Night

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Lena (Ingrid Bergman) is in love with her married boss, Johan, in this romantic drama that takes Sweden's declining birth rate as a backdrop and stirred up controversy with its depiction of abortion. While Lena dreams of marriage and motherhood, Johan's wife is fiercely unmaternal. Johan and Lena have a chance to be together, but their happiness is threatened by blackmail and murder. The great Victor Sjöström plays Lena's fiercely protective father, a newspaper editor convinced that the population problem will be solved by love, not legislation.

Intermezzo

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This gorgeous romantic confection, which catalogs a doomed love affair between a married violin virtuoso and a young pianist, is graced by a leading performance by Ingrid Bergman (her first), in a role created especially for her; a costarring turn by the legendary Swedish actor Gösta Ekman; and beautiful direction by Gustaf Molander. It was a defining part for Bergman, as it made her a star in Sweden and caught the eye of American producer David O. Selznick, who offered the young actor a Hollywood contract and the chance to remake Intermezzo in English with Leslie Howard.

Dollar

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Ingrid Bergman excels as the frustrated spouse of a busy industrialist with conservative views about how his wife should behave in public, in this sparkling Swedish take on screwball comedy that touches on dark themes, directed by Gustaf Molander. Three couples retire to a ski lodge, where they quarrel and flirt. The arrival of an American investor stirs the waters and forces revelations, as Bergman's character, who initially appeared to be catty and faithless, is revealed as sweet, sympathetic, and heartbroken.

A Woman's Face

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In this dramatic thriller, Ingrid Bergman takes on an uncharacteristically vicious role as Anna, a bitter, nefarious blackmailer with a disfigured face. Gustaf Molander directs, meticulously hiding and revealing Bergman's features as necessary. After Anna is given an operation to restore her looks, she embarks on a scheme that requires her to go undercover as a nanny to a rich family, but as her personality softens and she discovers maternal instincts she never knew she had, her latest plot is put in jeopardy. Joan Crawford would star in the Hollywood remake.

June Night

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This noirish romance stars Ingrid Bergman as a shy young woman who is shot by her lover. Following his trial, she begins a new life in Stockholm under an assumed identity, working at a pharmacy and making new friends at the rooming house where she takes up residence. Both a grim exposé of sexual politics and a sensual romance, June Night features a remarkably intense performance from Bergman as a woman weighed down by a secret, symbolized by a scar near her heart, who learns to fall in love again.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:34 pm 
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If memory serves this leaves the Kino set entirely redundant. I wonder what the reason for not having the other films was?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:58 pm 

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The Kinos looked pretty bad, too, so upgrades on those titles should be significant.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:08 pm 
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One nice bonus is that it is ten dollars cheaper than the Malle set, the only other six disc eclipse set.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:32 pm 

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knives wrote:
If memory serves this leaves the Kino set entirely redundant. I wonder what the reason for not having the other films was?

https://www.amazon.com/Intermezzo-aka-L ... intermezzo

If you mean this Intermezzo, it's not the same film but the American remake.


edit: Oh, you mean this KINO set. You're right. Entirely redundant. My mistake.

https://www.amazon.com/Ingrid-Bergman-3 ... rgman+kino


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:34 pm 
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I assume he was referring to this.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:58 am 
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They could have thrown her German one in, too ...


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:47 pm 

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I own and have watched the Ingrid Bergman Kino set and I didn't think the transfers were bad. I also have a Swedish Region 2 set from discshop.se (they won't ship outside of Europe so I had to send it to a friend visiting Germany, who later brought it to me), with English subtitles, titled Ingrid Bergman Volym 2 (their spelling). There is also a Volym 1 - with four films on four discs in each set, so eight films total over the two sets. The Swedish sets have the six films in the forthcoming Eclipse set, plus Swedenhielms Family (1935) and Only One Night (1939). Most, if not all, of these titles were released in the U.S. on VHS in the 1980s. The two films missing from both the Eclipse and the Swedish sets sets are The Surf (1935) and På solsidan (1936). I recently watched her German film The Four Companions (Die vier Gesellen, 1938) and enjoyed it very much.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:56 am 

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So, only two films from the swedish DVD sets are missing: "Swedenhielms" (1935), "En enda natt" (1939)
And another two films from "swedish period" are not presented here: "Bränningar" (1935), "På solsidan" (1936)
Also, short film "Katt över vägen" (1937) is another omission.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:31 am 

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The other short film missing is The Jewelry" directed by Gustaf Molander (from the anthology film Simulantia, 1967), which is included as a an extra in Volym 2 of the Swedish DVD set. Her only German film, The Four Companions (Die vier Gesellen, 1938), Only One Night (En enda natt,1939), and Fear (1954), a film not included in the Criterion Rossellini-Bergman set, can be found on dvd-r disc here:
http://classicmoviesdvd.com/index.php?route=product/search&filter_name=ingrid%20bergman
Fear (1954) is also available on a fine Region 2 DVD from BFI which includes as an extra, Rossellini's feature film The Machine That Kills Bad People (1952) - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00WQT3KF


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:47 am 
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Those last two are also included on BFI's Rossellini/Bergman BD set.


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