From the Life of the Marionettes
Aus dem Leben der Marionetten
A horrible crime is seen from multiple perspectives in Bergman’s thought-provoking film.
West Germany 1980
Dir Ingmar Bergman
With Robert Atzorn, Christine Buchegger, Martin Benrath, Rita Russek
Bergman’s one fully-German film starts with a businessman killing a prostitute; the chapters in the subsequent non-linear narrative – variously centred on the murderer’s wife, his psychiatrist friend, his mother and other associates – constitute a Laingian case-history that attempts to ’explain’ the crime (while acknowledging that’s not possible). Brilliantly executed from beginning to autobiographically-inspired end, it’s one of Bergman’s most underrated achievements.