The Shame

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The Shame ★★★½ 1968 (R)

A Bergman masterpiece focusing on the struggle for dignity in the midst of war. Married concert musicians Ullmann and von Sydow flee a bloody civil war for a small island off their country's coast. Inevitably, the carnage reaches them and their lives become a struggle to endure and retain a small measure of civilized behavior as chaos overtakes them. Deeply despairing and brilliantly acted. In Swedish with English subtitles. 103m/C VHS, DVD . SW Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Sigge Furst, Birgitta Valberg, Hans Alfredson, Ingvar Kjellson; D: Ingmar Bergman; W: Ingmar Bergman; C: Sven Nykvist. Natl. Soc. Film Critics '68: Actress (Ullmann), Director (Bergman), Film.