This landmark film, startling and provocative in its ideas, stands out as the pinnacle of filmmaker Ingmar Bergman's career. Nurse Bibi Andersson's cheery efforts to communicate with actress Liv Ullmann, mute and semi-catatonic after an onstage nervous breakdown, give way to deeply personal confessions. Andersson's riveting monologue of a long-ago sexual encounter ("one of the rare, truly erotic sequences in movie history," according to Pauline Kael) leads to an even more intense transaction between her and the watchful actress. DIR/SCR/PROD Ingmar Bergman. Sweden, 1966, b&w, 83 min. In Swedish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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