Last Roar From a Legend

He's old. He's retired. Nobody talks about him anymore. How dare Ingmar Bergman make yet another great film?

Sensible, sixtyish Marianne (Liv Ullmann) is getting exasperated with her cranky, octogenarian ex-husband Johan (Erland Josephson). "Sometimes," she says, "you act like a forgotten character from some stupid old film." That moment in Ingmar Bergman's new film Saraband will stir recollections in viewers who are Marianne's age--or maybe Johan's--since the two characters and the same actors appeared three decades ago in Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage. But to the majority of 'plex patrons, it is the Swedish filmmaker who is the forgotten man.

Once the king of the art-film jungle, Bergman has been consigned to a venerated but remote corner of...

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