The Passion Of Anna

  • 1969
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

Max von Sydow, an ex-convict who lives alone in an island farmhouse, is visited one day by the crippled Ullmann, who requests to use the phone. Ullmann soon leaves, but forgets to take her purse with her. Von Sydow looks through it, finds her name, address, and a letter from her husband which discusses their unhappy marriage. He returns the purse and is...read more

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Max von Sydow, an ex-convict who lives alone in an island farmhouse, is visited one day by the crippled Ullmann, who requests to use the phone. Ullmann soon leaves, but forgets to take her purse with her. Von Sydow looks through it, finds her name, address, and a letter from her husband

which discusses their unhappy marriage. He returns the purse and is introduced to Josephson and Andersson, friends of Ullmann's. Eventually Ullmann moves into von Sydow's farmhouse. Tensions between the two begin to rise, partially due to reports of a crazed murderer who is on the loose. In a fit

of anger, von Sydow goes after Ullmann with an ax. Later, the real maniac strikes at von Sydow's farm, setting his barn on fire. Ullmann rescues von Sydow from the scene of the blaze, and drives frantically down the road. Von Sydow accuses Ullmann of trying to kill him, perhaps as she killed her

husband and son years earlier in the auto accident that left her crippled. Hailed by many as a masterpiece, THE PASSION OF ANNA (only Bergman's second film in color) employs some interesting techniques, such as interviews with each of the four main actors and also sheds some light on many of the

baroque mannerisms and symbols that have come to be associated with Bergman. It still contains, however, that element of coldness which has turned many viewers against Bergman. Filmed on the island of Faro, a one-time home for Bergman.

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