(aka "From the Life of the Marionettes" )

 

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Germany 1980

 

Filmed in Germany, during Bergman's tax-related exile with a predominantly German cast and crew, From the Life of the Marionettes continues the story of Katarina and Peter Egermann, the feuding, childless, professional couple who appear in Scenes From A Marriage. This is an unusually raw and explicit drama in which all the scenes are shot in black and white except the opening sequence and the epilogue.

 

Peter Egermann (Robert Atzorn), outwardly stable and well adjusted, suffers from depression, feelings of sexual inadequacy, and barey suppressed rage toward his wife, Katarina (Christine Buchegger). This eventually leads to the brutal rape and murder of a prostitute, known only as Ka, a nickname for Katarina. An intense and experimental film, whose complex structure allows us to explore the mind of a man driven to extremes, From the Life of the Marionettes is one of Bergman's most daring works.

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Runtime 99:31 (4% PAL speedup) 99:36 (4% PAL speedup)
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Audio German (Dolby Digital 2.0)

German (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Subtitles English, None Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and None NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tartan

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1:1.33

Edition Details:
• Star and Director Filmographies
• Philip Strick Film Notes
• Extract from Bergman's Book 'Images - My Life in Film'
• The Bergman Collection Trailer

DVD Release Date: February 25, 2002
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Release Information:
Studio: SF (Svensk Filmindustri)

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1:1.33

Edition Details:
• None

 

DVD Release Date: 2005-09-20
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Comments Even though there are some difference in these two DVDs, the TARTAN having used only 3.6 GB of space, where SF has used 5.4 GB, I think they are both mastered from the same source material.

In my eyes the TARTAN disc is slightly sharper, but as said, when they have used the same source material, it can be that the TARTAN has some minor contrast boosting to achieve improvement. The white line at the left side of the picture, is outside the over-scan image, and is not visible during playback. As you see in screen-cap #2, there are visible digital artifacts!

Extract from Bergman's book:
From the Life of the Marionettes, however, was not a joy to make. It was made as a television film and was mainly financed by Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen. Outside of Germany, it was unfortunately presented as a feature film.

I have seen this film theatrically in 1:1.85 ratio, and it didn't seem the lose any information. I don't know in which stage the producer has made the decision to give this film a theatrical release. The headroom in many picture compositions could indicate that this is framed as open matte format.

There is a story behind this film, and it deserves at least some extra material, and a commentary track. In my opinion it's Bergman at his very best, a true masterpiece!

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The Swedish DVD doesn't have English subtitles.

 - Per-Olof Strandberg

 

 



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