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Face to Face

(Ansikte mot ansikte)

Full-Length Television Version


Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Aino Taube-Henrikson,

Liv Ullmann gives a devastating performance in Bergman’s wrenching portrait of a woman on the brink of collapse. A successful psychiatrist, Ullmann’s character seems to have it all: a rewarding career, a (vaguely) loving husband, and even a (somewhat tepid) lover on the side, but nightmares are beginning to seep into her sleep and soon come to dominate her entire life. About this moving study of madness and “the essential loneliness of people who try to lead honest, independent lives” (Variety), Bergman said: “Regard it as a surgeon’s scalpel. Not everyone will welcome it.”

  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Sven Nykvist
  • Swedish
  • with English electronic titling
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital file
  • 176 mins
  • SVT

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Ingmar Bergman's magic lantern: life as art in retrospect (program note), Hopkins Center of Dartmouth College, Ulrike Rainer, 1988

Breakdowns, public and private (review), New York Magazine, John Ivan Simon, 1976

Face to face (review), Variety, Mack., 1976

Nothing is certain with Bergman except death and taxes (review), Village Voice, Andrew Sarris, 1976

Let's face it (review), San Francisco Bay Guardian, Larry Peitzman, 1976

Face rates high (review), Bernard Drew, 1976

Face to face (review), Sight and Sound, Philip Strick, 1976

Face to face (press kit)

Face to face (review), After Dark, Norma McLain Stoop

Life, love, usual (review), Saturday Review, Judith Crist

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