MISS JULIE (Alf Sjöberg, 1950)

August Strindberg’s great 1888 Miss Julie is transformed into a powerful, visually ravishing black-and-white film by director Alf Sjöberg and cinematographer Göran Strindberg, the Swedish playwright’s grandson.      Strindberg’s theme is vibrant: the psychological burden affecting individuals because of classism, the deep division between aristocracy and the working poor, between master, or mistress, and servant.      It […]

WINTER LIGHT (Ingmar Bergman, 1963)

The following is one of the entries from my 100 Greatest Films from Germany, Scandinavia, Finland & Austria list, which I invite you to visit on this site if you haven’t already done so. — Dennis Winter Light, the middle part of Ingmar Bergman’s trilogy about the relationship between God and humanity, is cold, precise, […]