Cries And Whispers

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Genre: Drama
Format: DVD
Original Title: Viskningar och rop
Tagline: A haunting and shattering film experience.
Synopsis: Cries and Whispers stars Liv Ullman and Ingrid Thulin as the sisters of dying cancer patient Harriet Andersson. Both sisters have already had brushes with death: Ullman has had an affair which prompted her husband's suicide, while Thulin has long wanted to do away with herself, at one point mutilating her own vagina out of self-hatred. As for Andersson, she has been in pain so long that she feels as though she's in the midst of death-in-life. With her two sisters wrapped up in their own problems, Harriet turns to her housekeeper Kari Sylwan for comfort; Sylwan has herself suffered the death of a child, and has developed a philosophical attitude towards impending doom. One of the most influential moments of the film -- when two of the sisters share the innermost thoughts that they'd kept from one another for so many years -- is filmed without benefit of dialogue, with the music of Chopin (enhanced by cinematographer Sven Nykvist's carefully selected camera angles) "speaking" for the ladies. While Cries and Whispers only won the Oscar for cinematography, the film did very well for itself in international awards contests.
Country: Sweden
Year: 1972
Runtime: 91 min
MPAA Rating: NR
AMG Rating: * * * * *
VMG Rating: * * * * *
IMDb Rating: 8.1

Aspect Ratio: Foreign Matte (1.66:1)
Anamorphic: Yes
Color: Color
Audio: Digital Mono 1.0
Dialog Language: Swedish

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Cast: Harriet Andersson - Agnes
Kari Sylwan - Anna
Ingrid Thulin - Karin
Liv Ullmann - Maria (and her mother)
Anders Ek (I) - Isak, the priest
Inga Gill - Story teller
Erland Josephson - David, the doctor
Henning Moritzen - Joakim, Maria's husband
Georg Årlin - Fredrik, Karin's husband
Lena Bergman - Maria as a child
Lars-Owe Carlberg - Spectator
Malin Gjörup - Anna's daughter
Greta Johansson - Undertaker
Karin Johansson - Undertaker
Ann-Christin Lobråten - Spectator
Börje Lundh - Spectator
Rosanna Mariano - Agnes as a child
Monika Priede - Karin as a child
Linn Ullmann - Maria's daughter
Ingrid von Rosen - Spectator
Anders Ek - Isak, the priest
Ingrid Bergman (II) - Spectator (as Ingrid von Rosen)

Awards: Oscar: Best Cinematography 1974 Best Cinematography & Sven Nykvist
Bodil: Best European Film (Bedste europæiske film) 1974 Ingmar Bergman
Technical Grand Prize 1973 Ingmar Bergman
Guldbagge: Best Actress (Bästa kvinnliga huvudroll) 1973 Harriet Andersson
Guldbagge: Best Film (Bästa film) 1973
Silver Ribbon: Best Director - Foreign Film (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero) 1974 Ingmar Bergman
NBR Award: Best Director 1973 Ingmar Bergman
NBR Award: Best Foreign Language Film 1973
NSFC Award: Best Cinematography 1973 Sven Nykvist
NSFC Award: Best Screenplay 1973 Ingmar Bergman
NYFCC Award: Best Actress 1972 Liv Ullmann
NYFCC Award: Best Director 1972 Ingmar Bergman
NYFCC Award: Best Film 1972
NYFCC Award: Best Screenplay 1972 Ingmar Bergman
Cannes Film Festival: Technical Grand Prize 1973 Ingmar Bergman
CEC Award: Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera) 1975
David: Best Director - Foreign Film (Migliore Regista Straniero) 1974 Ingmar Bergman
David di Donatello Awards: Special David 1974 Harriet Andersson, Kari Sylwan, Ingrid Thulin & Liv Ullmann
Jussi: Best Foreign Director 1975 Ingmar Bergman
KCFCC Award: Best Director 1974 Ingmar Bergman
KCFCC Award: Best Foreign Film 1974

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