Saturday, May 2, 2015

Scenes from a Marriage 1974

A study of adult relations, with all their uncertainty. What distinguishes a dead relationship from a living one? The couple portrayed is socially and materially placed above survival and rat race, the better to focus on elemental issues. Happiness is tantalizingly close, yet elusive as a bird, People  are ever thirsty travelers. The machinery of the mind is inscrutable and complex.  This invisibility shapes our life, The movie is enjoyable to watch, comprising six short riveting episodes. It has a sequel, Saraband, made thirty years later, portraying the same couple played by the same actors.


Anonymous said...

Roger was once amused that he somehow chose it as his best film of 1974 instead of "Chinatown", but this is still one of great achievements from Bergman. So close, so painful, but so human as a very intimate relationship drama.

S. M. Rana said...

That makes me nostalgic for Chinatown.