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starring Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullman
written and directed by Ingmar Bergman
LIV & INGMAR
directed by Dheeraj Akolkar
by Bryant Frazer In early 1965, under the influence of the French New Wave, half dead from pneumonia and subsequent antibiotic poisoning, and depressed by more than just the view from his Stockholm hospital bed, Ingmar Bergman cobbled together some ideas for a small movie about two women. Addled by the administrative headaches of his position as the head of Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theatre--and probably discouraged by the frosty reception that greeted his recent comedy and first colour film, All These Women--he felt a small movie was the only kind he would be able to make. And so he started putting together, in his head, a modest drama. He imagined two women comparing hands. One of them, he decided, would be talking, and the other would be silent. It went from there.