(aka "The Rite" )

 

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Sweden 1969

 

Made for television during what is probably Bergman's most innovative period, around the same time as Persona, Shame, A Passion, and Cries and Whispers. Three actors, played by Bergman regulars Gunnar Bjornstrand, Anders Ek, and Ingrid Thulin, are brought up on an obscenities charge in an unnamed European country. A judge (Erik Hell) interviews them over a period of several days, first all together, and then each one separately. We also see scenes of the actors outside of these interviews interacting in pairs (never all three together). There is also a scene in which the judge visits a priest, in a re-enactment of a certain scene from The Seventh Seal, the one where Antonius Block confesses his chess strategy to death. Here, Bergman himself plays the priest/death (in the interview book Bergman on Bergman, he jokingly brags that he got paid extra for having a speaking part in the film). The film as a whole is difficult, as are the other films around this period. But it is an amazing film when taken scene for scene. It's a showcase for these amazing actors. Thulin, Bjornstrand, and Ek are amazing as these absolutely deranged characters. Ek plays the most arrogant person in the world, and he has a little problem with pyromania. Thulin, who is married to Bjornstrand but sleeps exclusively with Ek, has some serious mental problems (and a wig that makes her look like Anna Karina from Vivre sa vie). Her neuroses make Woody Allen seem relatively calm. Bjornstrand is a desperate character who wants to get away from his wife and her lover (also his best friend), but he's not sure if he can live without her. The Rite is actually quite graphic. There are a few very erotic scenes, and Thulin was never more desirable. In one scene, Ek asks Bjornstrand how he can bring Thulin to orgasm, and the description made me blush, of all people. The film would probably have been rated X in the United States. Needless to say, it would never appear on television!

excerpt by zetes from IMDB

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Theatrical Release: March 25th, 1969 for TV

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Tartan Video

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 74'
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.00 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Monaural, Swedish
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tartan Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Special features:
• Star and director filmographies
• Scene selection
• Bergman trailers
• 4-page booklet with David Parkinson film notes

DVD Release Date: December 6, 2004
Single amaray

Chapters 10

 

 

Comments

Another fine release from the Tartan's Collection of Bergman series, nice transfer with good rendition of black, some parts of film somewhat soft but over all the contrast ratio is fine, audio well presented and subtitles seem to be fine, even though the film is rather short as it was made for a TV still recommended as a little, less known masterpiece of a Swedish director.

 - Rob Janik

NOTE: Rare Bergman cameo appearance in this film - he's the guy with a hood behind the confessional's screen (hence the blurriness).

 

 





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