ur local cinematography enthusiast
"The hopeless dream of being. Not seeming to be, but being. Conscious and awake at every moment. At the same time, the chasm between what you are to others and what you are to yourself. The feeling of vertigo, and the constant hunger to be unmasked once and for all."
"the dream of being" is at the core of this film, as the one thing that links life and art together. Bergman wrote it while severely ill and pondering over…
As the cinematography enthusiast I claim myself to be, the first thing I need to say about this film is that it's absolutely striking. Excellent storytelling through images with the use of colors and perspectives. I've never seen anything quite like it.
There were some issues with the pacing of the story, but the script was beautiful and filled with understated humor and sharp dialogue that was enjoyable to watch. The movie invoked me with the feeling of living in a big city and feeling lonely in a crowd.
Overall, 3.8/5 stars.
Rarely do I ever fall for a movie this hard on the first watch, but this was wonderful. There are so many layers and themes in this; loneliness, guilt, death, pain... Such a ride of emotions that filled me with both comfort and melancholia.
I look forward to watching more of Ingmar Bergman's filmography.