Max von Sydow: The Best Stradivarius

March 5–May 10, 2021

Our tribute to the towering Swedish actor Max von Sydow, who died a year ago, features some of his great work with Ingmar Bergman (The Seventh Seal, The Passion of Anna), Jan Troell (The Emigrants), and Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror), among others. Distinguished guest presenters in pre-recorded conversations will include Liv Ullmann, Jan Troell, and UC Berkeley’s very own professor Linda H. Rugg.

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  • The Seventh Seal

  • The Magician

  • Hour of the Wolf

  • The Passion of Anna

  • The Emigrants

  • Pelle the Conqueror

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Available Films

  • Ticket Package—Max von Sydow: The Best Stradivarius


    Available April 27–May 10

    This streaming package includes all six films in the series along with the accompanying four recorded conversations by Linda H. Rugg, Liv Ullmann, Jan Troell, Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell, Yohanna Troell, and Katinka Faragó.

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  • The Passion of Anna

    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1970

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

    Bergman’s color film is one of his sparest and most straightforward, involving four people who escape to a remote Swedish island, yet remain unable to escape the injustice of the modern world. “One of Bergman’s most beautiful films” (New York Times).

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  • The Emigrants

    Jan Troell
    Sweden, 1971

    Available April 2–May 10: Recorded conversation: Jan Troell, Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell, and Yohanna Troell

    The epic tale of one Swedish family’s pursuit of the American dream during the great Swedish migration to the American midwest during the 1850s. “Infinitely absorbing and moving” (Roger Ebert).

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  • Pelle the Conqueror

    Bille August
    Denmark, Sweden, 1987

    Available April 9–May 10: Recorded conversation: Katinka Faragó

    Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Pelle the Conqueror stands the test of time. Max von Sydow delivers “an immensely moving, tender depiction of a man cowed by age and servitude” (Time Out).

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  • The Magician

    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1958

    Available March 12–May 10: Recorded lecture: Linda H. Rugg

    With Max von Sydow as a nineteenth-century mesmerist, “Bergman's chilling exploration of charlatanism is in fact one of his most genuinely enjoyable films . . . much of [it] devoted to wittily ironic sideswipes at bourgeois hypocrisy” (Time Out).

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  • Hour of the Wolf

    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1968

    A woman (Liv Ullmann) tells of her life on a remote island with her artist husband (Max von Sydow) in a film that intertwines supernatural mysteries with the no less mysterious torments of creativity.

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  • The Seventh Seal

    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1957

    A medieval knight challenges Death to a game of chess in Bergman’s iconic work of cinematic philosophy. “A magically powerful film” (Pauline Kael).

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