Liv Ullmann: Articles

Ingrid Bergman Movies: From Moody 'Gaslight' to Classy 'Autumn Sonata'

Ingrid Bergman ca. early 1940s. Ingrid Bergman movies on TCM: From the artificial 'Gaslight' to the magisterial 'Autumn Sonata' Two days ago, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series highlighted the film career of Greta Garbo. Today, Aug. 28, '15, TCM is focusing on another Swedish actress, three-time Academy […]

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Semi-Finalists: Liv Ullmann First Major Movie Role in Years & Surprising Snubs

'Two Lives,' with Liv Ullmann and Julia Bache-Wiig. Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2014 semi-finalists Out of 76 submissions, nine movies have been selected as semi-finalists for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Listed in alphabetical order by country, the films are: Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Felix […]

Anthony Hopkins 'Hitchcock' + Ingmar Bergman & Liv Ullmann Documentary + 'The Lion in Winter' Producer Dies

Hitchcock: Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock Anthony Hopkins As Alfred Hitchcock Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins plays Alfred Hitchcock, who never won a competitive Oscar, in Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock, which is scheduled to open in 2013. Hitchcock's massive double chin, prominent nose, and bald head are all there, but I can […]

Liv Ullmann Returns to Film Acting in Drama/Thriller TWO LIVES

German director Georg Maas' mix of family drama and political intrigue Zwei Leben / Two Lives, a rare German-Norwegian co-production, has received US$900,000 in grants from the German regional film fund Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, reports the Norwegian Film Institute. [Photo: Liv Ullmann.] Two Lives is of particular interest because of its cast: […]

European Film Awards: Veterans Jeanne Moreau & Liv Ullmann + Alain Resnais & Helen Mirren

Manoel de Oliveira, Jeanne Moreau, and Liv Ullmann at the European Film Awards. Veteran Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, 99 years old next Dec. 11, was the recipient of the Honorary Award at this year's European Film Awards ceremony. Despite their multitude of films over the course of more than […]

Wayne Wang Movie Tops San Sebastian Film Festival Awards

Wayne Wang's A Thousand Years of Good Prayers won the Golden Shell for Best Film at this year's edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival. Written by Yiyun Li from her own short story, Wang's film depicts the difficult relationship between a Beijing widower and his recently divorced daughter living […]

'A Passion' Movie Review: Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann in Ingmar Bergman Classic

Ingmar Bergman's 1969 drama En Passion / A Passion (in the U.S., mistitled as The Passion of Anna) is a great film – in fact, it may be the best of Bergman's mid-to-late-1960s efforts dealing with human relationships and the Self – e.g., Persona, Hour of the Wolf, Shame. A […]

Ingmar Bergman: 'Persona' & 'Cries & Whispers' Director Dead at 89

Ingmar Bergman: 'Persona,' 'The Seventh Seal,' 'Cries and Whisper's director dead at 89 Ingmar Bergman, one of the most influential and acclaimed filmmakers of the twentieth century, died today, July 30, 2007 at his home on the island of Faro, Sweden. Bergman, whose filmography includes classics such as The Seventh […]

'Persona' & 'Being John Malkovich': Movies on the Mind

Ingmar Bergman's 1966 psychological drama Persona and Spike Jonze's 1999 psychobizarro comedy Being John Malkovich will screen as a double feature on Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The psycho-double feature is being presented in […]

'Hour of the Wolf' Review: Ingmar Bergman Directs Max von Sydow

Vargtimmen / Hour of the Wolf, a 1968 film by Ingmar Bergman, proves the nostrum that even lesser work by a great artist surpasses the better work of lesser artists, for Bergman can get more from the prosaic than just about any other director. Hour of the Wolf is comprised […]

'Shame' Movie Review: Ingmar Bergman Classic

I should no longer be surprised when critics miss the most obvious things in works of art, because they are human beings, and the vast majority of human beings are lazy by nature. That said, the simplistic notion that Ingmar Bergman's great 1968 drama Skammen / Shame is merely anti-war […]

'Scenes from a Marriage' Review: Liv Ullmann in Ingmar Bergman Classic

Leo Tolstoy once opined that all happy families are happy in a few ways, while those that are not suffer in many unique ways. This apothegm was never more well evinced than in filmmaker Ingmar Bergman's five-hour 1973 Swedish telefilm Scener ur ett äktenskap / Scenes from a Marriage, a […]

Brazilian Cinema & Carmen Miranda MoMA Showcase + Liv Ullmann Returns

Brazilian cinema at MoMA Brazilian cinema will return to New York City's Museum of Modern Art in July. MoMA will be presenting the third edition of “Premiere Brazil!” between July 1–10. (Image: Ludmila Dayer Diary of a Provincial Girl.) This year, “Premiere Brazil!” will feature three top award-winners at the […]

Ingmar Bergman Films: 'Autumn Sonata,' 'Cries & Whispers'

Ingmar Bergman movies Autumn Sonata, Cries & Whispers at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre A number of Ingmar Bergman movies, among them the Ingrid Bergman / Liv Ullmann mother-daughter drama Autumn Sonata and Best Picture Oscar nominee Cries & Whispers, will be screened – in new 35mm prints – at […]

Culture Clash Issues Dominate European Film Awards + Pedro Almodóvar Big Loser

Culture clash German-Turkish drama Head-On with Birol Ünel and Sibel Kekilli. Directed by Fatih Akin, Head-On was the 2004 European Film Awards' Best Film winner – and a loser in all other European Film Academy categories for which it had been nominated. (In the non-official categories, the culture clash drama […]