FROM THE LIFE OF THE MARIONETTES
Made during his self-imposed exile in Germany, Ingmar Bergman's FROM THE LIFE OF THE MARIONETTES offers a lacerating portrait of a troubled marriage, and a complex psychological analysis of a murder. Unhappily married businessman Peter (Robert Atzorn) nurses fantasies of murdering his wife, Katarina (Christine Buchegger), until a prostitute becomes his surrogate prey. In the aftermath of the crime, Peter and Katarina's psychiatrist and others attempt to explain its roots. This compelling film moves seamlessly between dream and everyday reality, between lurid color and austere black and white, and the acting by the German cast is superb. (Note courtesy of Janus Films.) DIR/SCR/PROD Ingmar Bergman; PROD Helmut Rasp, Horst Wendlandt. West Germany/Sweden, 1981, color, 104 min. In German with English subtitles. RATED R
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