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Ingmar Bergman

After the Rehearsal

Efter repetitionen

Erland Josephson and Lena Olin star in this tale of a theatre director who has a strange encounter while snoozing on stage…

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Sweden 1984
Dir Ingmar Berman
With Erland Josephson, Lena Olin, Ingrid Thulin
73min
35mm
English subtitles
Certificate 15

A director (Josephson), dozing on-stage after rehearsing Strindberg’s Dream Play, wakes to an encounter with a young actress (Olin), the daughter of a former mistress (Thulin) who’s now dead. Or is she? Bergman blends reality and fantasy as his three characters – one at least endowed with autobiographical resonance – explore the tanged links between creativity and exploitation, emotional authenticity and pretence.


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