AFTER THE REHEARSAL
Taking place within the confines of a single stage set and merging theater, memory and autobiography, this intimate three-hander focuses on a veteran theater director (Erland Josephson) preparing for his fifth production of August Strindberg's "A Dream Play." When he encounters both his ambitious young lead (Lena Olin) and the washed-up star of a former production (Ingrid Thulin) following a rehearsal, the encounters and connections between the three characters form a poignant meditation on life, theater and the process of connecting the two. Made for television in Sweden, AFTER THE REHEARSAL was theatrically distributed in the U.S., much to the dismay of Ingmar Bergman, who had previously declared 1982's FANNY AND ALEXANDER to be his final feature film. Nevertheless, the film was hailed as "one of Bergman's greatest films" by Andrew Sarris and has become a key work in Bergman's late-career filmography. DIR/SCR Ingmar Bergman; PROD Jörn Donner. Sweden/West Germany, 1984, color, 70 min. In Swedish with English subtitles. RATED R
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