Over the course of his amazing sixty-plus year career, Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman created countless substantial, multidimensional roles for female actors. One of his most unfairly ignored films is this early drama, featuring three of his favorite stars from the first decade of his career—Anita Björk, Eva Dahlbeck, and Maj-Britt Nilsson—as sisters-in-law vacationing at a summer home. There they share stories about their marriages while waiting for their husbands to arrive. Humorous as well as heartbreaking, the film is a fascinating precursor to both Smiles of a Summer Night and Persona.
Shot outside of Pittsburgh at a fraction of the cost of a Hollywood feature by a band of filmmakers determined to make their mark, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead is one of the great stories of independent cinema: a midnight hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential films of all time.
George A. Romero
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