Streaming: The Passion of Anna

(En passion)

Available April 27–May 10, 2020
Recorded conversation: Liv Ullmann


Max von Sydow, Erland Josephson, Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson,

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Recorded Conversation
Liv Ullmann on “Performing with and Directing Max von Sydow”
Available April 27–May 10

Watch a recorded conversation with actor/director Liv Ullmann moderated by Susan Oxtoby, Director of Film and Senior Film Curator, BAMPFA. Access is included with rental of this streaming film program.

Bergman’s second color film is one of his most economical—spare, straightforward, but in no sense lightweight. Four people have escaped to a remote island off the Swedish mainland but find that they cannot flee the injustice, violence, and guilt of modern life. An intricate four-way relationship among Max von Sydow, Erland Josephson, Bibi Andersson, and Liv Ullmann is played out against a mysterious situation in which an anonymous sadist is killing animals on the island. Bergman interrupts the narrative with two unusual devices that only serve to increase the profundity—and believability—of the film: each character is given a lengthy passage in which to reveal the most important incident in his or her life, and each actor has a moment in which to comment on the role being played.

  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Sven Nykvist
  • Swedish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 101 mins
  • Janus Films