Screening

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema:Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället)


Introduced by Monika Inger Hallqvist, advisor to the consulate general of Sweden in Houston

Traveling to accept an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg—brilliantly played by veteran director Victor Sjöström—is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and make peace with the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, Wild Strawberries dramatizes one man’s remarkable voyage of self-discovery. This richly humane masterpiece, full of iconic imagery, is a treasure from the golden age of art-house cinema and one of the films that catapulted Ingmar Bergman to international acclaim.

• Three Reasons: Wild Strawberries

When:
Sep 2, 2018
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Time:
5:00 pm
Sunday Time & Price:
5PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
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Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema: Smiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens leende)


After 15 films that received mostly local acclaim, the 1955 comedy Smiles of a Summer Night at last ushered in an international audience for Ingmar Bergman. During a country weekend in turn-of-the-century Sweden, four men and four women attempt to navigate the laws of attraction. The women collude to force the men’s hands in matters of the heart, exposing pretensions and insecurities along the way. Chock-full of flirtatious propositions and sharp witticisms delivered by Swedish screen legends such as Gunnar Björnstrand and Harriet Andersson, Smiles of a Summer Night is one of cinema’s great erotic comedies.

When:
Sep 1, 2018
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Time:
7:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
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Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema: A Lesson in Love (En lektion i kärlek)


One of Ingmar Bergman’s most satisfying marital comedies, A Lesson in Love stars the droll and sparkling duo of Eva Dahlbeck and Gunnar Björnstrand as Marianne and David Erneman, a couple deep into their married years and seeking fresh pastures. David, a gynecologist, falls for one of his patients (Yvonne Lombard), while Marianne flounces off to Copenhagen to renew her fling with a sculptor (Åke Grönberg).

Deftly interspersing scenes of farce with interludes of tranquil reflection, A Lesson in Love serves as a cocktail before the full-blown comic brilliance of Smiles of a Summer Night, which screens on Saturday, September 1.

“In my opinion, Ingmar Bergman has made a delightful film. It is not one for the avant-garde, nor for those looking for literary depth. It is an 'ordinary' film, yet ordinary films like this are themselves unusual.” —Stockholms-Tidningen

• Watch a trailer for the traveling Ingmar Bergman retrospective.

• Read about Bergman's thoughts on the film.

• Read a review of the film by James Travers.

When:
Aug 31, 2018
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Time:
7:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
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Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema: Summer with Monika (Sommaren med Monika)


Inspired by the earthy eroticism of Harriet Andersson, in the first of her many roles for him, Ingmar Bergman had a major international breakthrough with this sensual and ultimately ravaging tale of young love. A girl (Andersson) and boy (Lars Ekborg) from working-class families in Stockholm run away from home to spend a secluded, romantic summer at the beach, far from parents and responsibilities. Inevitably, it is not long before the pair are forced to return to reality. The version initially released in the United States was reedited by its distributor into something more salacious, but the original Summer with Monika, presented here, is a work of stunning maturity and one of Bergman’s most important films.

“More than 50 years after its first screening in America, Monika arrives . . . to light up the screen, this time without a trace of impropriety.” —The New York Times

“Bergman fans will discover that it's not a typical film of his, and is rather more realistic than his later films, and some would call it ‘minor.’ But by any standards, it’s an excellent film, gorgeously made and emotionally powerful.” Combustible Celluloid

“Bergman would be no more adept a pornographer than he would be at filming hip-hop, but his camera did stare at the human surface with an intentness unmatched since von Sternberg rhapsodized over Marlene Dietrich.” New Yorker

• Watch a trailer for the traveling Ingmar Bergman retrospective.

• Read a 1953 interview with Bergman.

• Read an essay about the film.

When:
Aug 26, 2018
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Time:
7:00 pm
Sunday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
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Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema: Sawdust and Tinsel


Ingmar Bergman presents the battle of the sexes as a ramshackle, grotesque carnival in one of his most vivid early works. A story of the charged relationship between a turn-of-the-century traveling circus owner (Ake Grönberg) and his performer girlfriend (Harriet Andersson), Sawdust and Tinsel features dreamlike detours and twisted, psychosexual power plays that presage the director’s Smiles of a Summer Night and The Seventh Seal, works that would soon change the landscape of art cinema forever.

“Visually it is a treat, with Bergman’s richly baroque compositions and persistent use of deep focus brilliantly exploiting the circus and theater settings. And the performances are first-rate.” —Time Out

“Not just a showcase for motifs that Bergman would use to create masterpieces later; it’s a great film all by itself.” —Antagony & Ecstasy

• Watch a trailer for the traveling Ingmar Bergman retrospective.

• See a vintage clip of Bergman introducing “Sawdust and Tinsel.”

• Read an essay on the film by director Catherine Breillat.

When:
Aug 26, 2018
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Time:
5:00 pm
Sunday Time & Price:
5PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
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Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema: Secrets of Women


While at a summer house awaiting their husbands’ return, three sisters-in-law recount stories from their respective marriages. Rakel (Anita Björk) tells of receiving a visit from a former lover (Jarl Kulle); Marta (Maj-Britt Nilsson), of agreeing to marry a painter (Birger Malmsten) only after having his child; and Karin (Eva Dahlbeck), of being stuck with her husband (Gunnar Björnstrand) in an elevator, where they talk intimately for the first time in years.

Driven by dexterous flashbacks, the engaging Secrets of Women is a veritable seedbed of perennial Bergman themes, ranging from aspiring young love to the fear of loneliness, with the finale a masterpiece of chamber comedy.

“[Secrets of Women] wasn’t really intended to be experimental in any way. It was meant to be a commercial success. But it contains another, more heavily disguised experiment. And that’s the little bit with Maj-Britt Nilsson and Birger Malmsten. It has almost no dialogue, only some 50 lines. This really was an experiment, an attempt on my part to tell a story in pictures. An attempt I didn’t repeat until The Silence, where there’s very little dialogue. But it was a secret experiment, too—we didn’t dare tell anyone we were experimenting.” —Ingmar Bergman

“The drama takes precedence over comedy, but the wry tone makes this one of the smoothest and most accessible films from the early stages of Bergman's career.” —Film4

• Watch a trailer for the traveling Ingmar Bergman retrospective.

When:
Aug 25, 2018
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Time:
7:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
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Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema: Summer Interlude (Sommarlek)


Touching on many themes that would define the rest of his career—isolation, performance, the inescapability of the past—Ingmar Bergman’s tenth film, Summer Interlude, marks a gentle drift toward true mastery. Maj-Britt Nilsson beguiles as an accomplished ballet dancer haunted by her tragic youthful affair with a shy, handsome student (Birger Malmsten). Her memories of the sunny, rocky shores of Stockholm’s outer archipelago mingle with scenes from her gloomy present at the theater where she works.

A film that the director considered a creative turning point, Summer Interlude is a reverie about life and death that unites Bergman’s love of theater and cinema.

• Watch a trailer for the Ingmar Bergman retrospective.

When:
Aug 24, 2018
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Time:
8:45 pm
Friday Time & Price:
8:45PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
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Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema: Crisis (Kris)


In Ingmar Bergman’s feature-directing debut, urban beauty-shop proprietress Miss Jenny arrives in an idyllic rural town one morning to whisk away her 18-year-old daughter, Nelly, whom she abandoned as a child, from the loving woman who has raised her. Once in Stockholm, Nelly receives a crash course in adult corruption and wrenching heartbreak. Crisis proved that Bergman had an incipient gift for developing characters and evoking atmosphere on-screen.

• Watch a trailer for the traveling Ingmar Bergman retrospective.

• Watch a video essay about women in Bergman's films.

When:
Aug 24, 2018
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Time:
7:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
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Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema: A Centennial


August 24–September 1, 2018

No name is more synonymous with the postwar explosion of international art-house cinema than Ingmar Bergman (1918–2007), a master storyteller who startled the world with his stark intensity and naked pursuit of profound metaphysical and spiritual questions. In a career that spanned six decades, Bergman directed dozens of films in an astonishing array of tones, ranging from comedies whose lightness and complexity belie their brooding hearts to groundbreaking formal experiments and excruciatingly intimate explorations of family relationships. This tribute continues at Rice Cinema September 7–9.

Houston’s participation in this global celebration is in collaboration with the Consulate General of Sweden in Houston.

Presented in association with the Swedish Film Institute and the Ingmar Bergman Foundation. All restorations courtesy of the Swedish Film Institute and Janus Films. 

Generous funding for this program is provided by the Vaughn Foundation.

When:
Aug 24, 2018 to Sep 23, 2018
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Time:
7:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Saturday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Sunday Time & Price:
5PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
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Restorations and Revivals: One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (L’une chante, l’autre pas)


Digitally restored!

This enchanting ode to female friendship and liberation from Agnès Varda (Faces Places) is part blissed-out bohemian musical, part revolutionary cri de cœur. Spanning more than a decade, One Sings, the Other Doesn’t traces the ups and downs—abortion, heartbreak, marriage, motherhood—of friends Pauline (Valérie Mairesse) and Suzanne (Thèrése Liotard). Even as their lives diverge, they remain devoted to one another while finding ways to empower other women: one as a traveling feminist folk singer, the other as a reproductive-rights activist.

Set against France’s pro-choice struggle—of which Varda herself was on the frontlines—the tender and intimate epic celebrates the power of women to lift one another up. This screening of the digitally restored copy is courtesy of Janus Films.

“Varda’s versatility, longevity and cheerful matriarch image have made her cinema’s most distinctive feminist role model, and the time is clearly right to rediscover different achievements of feminist history, meaning that One Sings, the Other Doesn’t couldn’t be more timely a re-release.” —Jonathan Romney, Film Comment

• Agnès Varda reflects on the film at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

• Read the original “New York Times” review of the film.

• See a new appreciation in “Film Comment.”

When:
Aug 18, 2018 to Aug 19, 2018
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Time:
7:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Sunday Time & Price:
5PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
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