More a rough draft for a Bergman movie than a finished product, this 1972 film promises much and delivers little or nothing. Still, it's beautifully made and photographed (by Sven Nykvist), and features some rather arresting, if familiar, performances from a quartet of Bergman's most skillful actresses: Liv Ullmann, Ingrid Thulin, Harriet Andersson, and Kari Sylwan. The much-vaunted color symbolism is so obvious as to be almost charming in its simplicity, and the gothic ambience never really resonates. Carnal hysteria is Ingmar Bergman's forte, but this film never makes it past mezzo piano. In Swedish with subtitles. R, 106 min.
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