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Scenes From a Marriage

Ingmar Bergman's marathon made-for-television examination of the gradual breakup of a placidly “successful” middle-class marriage has been edited down to around three hours, and it shows its reassembled status rather badly (1973). Still, it features moments of searing insight, thanks largely to Liv Ullmann as a woman for whom 20 years of marriage and divorce are barely enough to come to terms with her own rigidity. Bergman's screenplay leaves nothing to the imagination and turns the film into a windy soap opera most of the time; what might have been a masterpiece in the TV original (although I doubt it) becomes in its truncated form mostly elegant mush. Disappointing.


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