BY ISA MONTAGNESE
Year Released: 1957
How It Fared Back Then: Ingmar Bergman is a super-important film director for anyone who cares about filmmaking. His films were always well-received and regarded as important art films. This film in particular film won many fancy awards and is even on the Vatican’s list of recommended films. No joke.
Why It’s Lasted: Bergman has gained classic status over the years thanks to his incredible films. His films are seen as art filmmaking at its finest and this film is no exception. Wild Strawberries is one of his biggest films thanks to its totally deep, introspective content and unusual plot.
- All the dream sequences are classic moments in their own right! They are truly weird but without being out of place. They fuel the plot nicely. (See the clip below.)
- Our old man lead (Victor Sjöström) argues with his housekeeper/old friend about whether they should drive to his honouring ceremony or not. The argument is trivial but it is a perfect example of what our lead dude is learning about his life and his relationships. Don’t worry, they work it out in the end. These seemingly meaningless moments become more significant as the film goes on.
- One little sweet moment: when the young, hippie hitchhikers sing the old man a little song. They have been the product of the old man’s new perspective on life: an unlikely friendship! Also they have some of the best lines.
Does It Still Hold Up: Does it ever! I was expecting a pretty slow, bland 50s movie, but instead got a witty, funny and very interesting group of characters, lovely scenery and a genuinely reflective story. I had never seen a Bergman film and I totally get it now! I’m going out to find more of his films ASAP.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3n4TxNeaPg]