Tuesday, August 9, 2022

"Scenes From A Marriage"

Some art, made before we were old enough to appreciate it, deserves being experienced now.

I can't believe how good "Scenes From A Marriage" is. Made in 1973 by Ingmar Bergman, this six-episode Swedish TV series earned raves from everyone including Roger Ebert ("best of the year") and The New York Times. It was later transformed into a shorter movie but see the TV show for full impact. Libraries have it on DVD.

The ostensible subject is marriage but, more than that, it explores intimacy in relationships. Emotional, sexual and practical. Despite being made with almost no money the show entrances you by its deep writing and skillful acting (e.g., Liv Ullmann). It'll make you laugh and cry at the absurdity of human relations.


  1. I've never heard of this TV series before Ally, thanks I will check it out.

    1. It has influenced much later art which you are aware of. For example, many people say "Annie Hall" by Woody Allen is a re-make of this show.

  2. Funny this is the second time this show has popped up in my day. I think I will need to check it out now.

  3. It's certainly a classic which needs re-watching! xxx