Movies: From the Life of the Marionettes
From the Life of the Marionettes
Produced and directed for German television, Ingmar Bergman's From the Life of the Marionettes starts out in color and switches almost immediately to black-and-white. This cinematic self-indulgence is ideally suited to the subject matter: the horrible consequences of a rapidly disintegrating marriage. The husband, Peter Egerman (Robert Atzorn) is unable to articulate his frustration through normal channels. Warped by his repression, Egerman ends up raping and murdering a prostitute. This outrage occurs at the very beginning of the film; the rest of the footage is devoted to a semi-documentary study of the failed marriage, the police investigation, and the husband's twisted psyche. Once again, Bergman's vision is superbly realized by the camerawork of Sven Nykvist.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Rated R .
Cast: Heinz Bennent, Toni Berger, Christine Buchegger, Martin Benrath, Robert Atzorn
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Directed by: Ingmar Bergman
Written by: Ingmar Bergman
Running time: 1hr 44min
Opens: Jan 01, 1980
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