Cinema: Deadly Dance

FROM THE LIFE OF THE MARIONETTES

Directed and Written by Ingmar Bergman

In the prologue, Peter (Robert Atzorn), a man of respectable dress, manner and background, murders a prostitute. In the epilogue he is seen in his asylum cell, having completed his descent from inexplicable behavior to full-scale madness. Between these two sequences, Peter, his wife Katarina (Christine Buchegger) and various friends and relatives speculate on what must have motivated him to murder a stranger. They reach few firm conclusions.

In fact, these people with their sometimes boring, occasionally self-serving ruminations and reminiscences are...

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