The film unfolds in a way that is quite similar to the traditional form of the modern novel, in that it often relies on stream-of-consciousness narration, without paying heed to providing objective explanations of all of the images that are presented to the viewer.It was interesting to finally see this film so as to close the case on the collective effect of the trilogy, having studied all of its parts respectively.
From my point of view, I see her flaw as her blind devoutness to Christian theology, which she seems to use only to manipulate people to satisfy her own needs and desires.On another note, much of the shooting looks amazingly crisp and natural as a result of the natural lighting, however, Bergman notates in his autobiography that he and Nykvist actually look back at the film and find a lot of the lighting in the shots to be, essentially, quite under par and perhaps even embarrassing.Bergman states in his autobiography that not one shot in the entire film is done in direct sunlight, he insisted on shooting only on gloomy, overcast days to ensure that the ambiance of the film would be reflective of the harsh conditions of the Swedish winter and moreover, of the jaded, grim psychological compositions of the characters.Play and Listen an analysis of pleasantville and the politics of change support.
His father, Vittorio De Sica, was one of the most important Neorealist.Perhaps Bergman means to suggest that those individuals who claim to have the ability to see god are just as mentally ill as those individuals who take order from little voices in their heads or spend their days in straightjackets at the asylum.Bergman thought long and hard on this problem and finally decided to embark on what is largely considered on the most influential filmic techniques to have been executed in cinematic history, the artist switches abruptly from the pounding, seemingly ubiquitous, the sound of waves breaking on the shore to the sudden, sobering, introduction of absolute silence.It is interesting that in his memoir, Bergman states that he wishes that he had edited out this portion of the film, being that its inclusion was something so groundbreaking, so pioneering, in its refusal to follow conventional stylistic guidelines in relation to cinematography and editing.To begin with, there are a few similarities that one can discover between The Virgin Spring and The Seventh Seal from doing no more than watching the opening credits.Be that as it may, perhaps there is a larger implication being alluded to, especially if one considers the end of the film and the clashing of Christian and Pagan iconography.Embracing the principles of self-conscious cinema, as did its predecessor, there are many moments in the film that one may point to as being strikingly metacinematic.
This scene plays into the profound themes of disintegration that Bergman scholar, Marc Gervais, proposes in his audio commentary of the film provided on the MGM issue of the DVD.
However, I have to say some of the most memorable cinematography of the film takes place in the jazz bar scene near the end of the film when Monika runs off while Harry is still at work to meet another guy.Jacobi seducing Eva in front of Jan are wonderfully written, almost unforgettable in their grotesque depiction of complete disintegration of morality amongst individuals in the time of war.De Sicas acting was considered the. a major precursor to the Italian neorealist.
The small cast was composed of actors who were relatively unknown to the Swedish cinema community at the time period.A Review by Frankie Dytor. described by most film critics as Neorealist in.Having read up on the film a bit before watching it, I must say it was certainly liberating to see the camera move after coming from Winter Light and Through a Glass Darkly in which the camera barely moves at all.We are all well aware that Bergman was the son of a Lutheran minister with ties to the Swedish royal family.
Bergman writes in his autobiography that, having conquered this hindrance in the form of his belief in the existence of god, he was actually able to confront real questions about his identity.Perhaps the moment that marks this reversal most poignantly is when Jan and Eva approach a young boy, apparently allied with the rebel soldiers, who, after three days of being estranged from his companions, has been reduced back to a helpless child-like state.
Thus, embracing the postmodernist vein of self-reflexivity, Bergman includes various metacinematic scenes in the film.It is truly amazing to me how an artist can manage to portray a scene of such detestable action and consequent tragedy in such a strikingly beautiful and artful manner.And then come back to town and try to set up in some sort of bourgeois existence.Andrew,2011,Opening Bazin-Postwar Film Theory and Its Afterlife.For example, in one instance, Liv Ullman, points a still-shot camera directly into the frame, breaking the fourth wall.The way the camera is set up in between the rape and a thorn bush is deeply symbolic, how it is to be interpreted is left largely up to the viewer, however, the basic implication remains the same, that, fundamentally, Karin has become entrapped and ensnared by something, that has, finally, led to her downfall.Artistically, the manner Bergman and his cinematographer, Sven Nykvist, took in representing such a a complex, internal psychological struggle is truly profound.