Brink of Life pursues Bergman’s fascination with the inner lives of women to a maternity ward where three women await the blessed event with mixed attitudes—and fates. Only an unwed teenager who has tried to abort the dreaded newcomer finds herself heading toward a healthy delivery. The film won awards at Cannes not only for the director but for the actresses—Ingrid Thulin, Eva Dahlbeck, and Bibi Andersson—whose ensemble work is impressive. The acting holds the charge, and the camera knows it, in this film that is simple in focus, and more clinical than cynical. Not your basic Bergman.
- Ingmar Bergman
- Ulla Isaksson
- with English subtitles
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Ingmar Bergman's magic lantern: life as art in retrospect (program note), Hopkins Center of Dartmouth College, Ulrike Rainer, 1988
Nära livet (review), Monthly Film Bulletin, P.J.R., 1961
Brink of life (review), Filmfacts, Paul V. Beckley, 1959
Brink of life (review), Saturday Review, Hollis Alpert, 1959
Nara livet (review), Variety, Gene Moskowitz, 1958
Brink of life (distributor materials), Janus Films
Illuminating Ingmar Bergman (program note), Pacific Film Archive
Ingmar Bergman (program note)
Brink of life (synopsis), Noel Meadow
Film Quarterly comments on Bergman's Brink of LIfe (review)
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