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  • The Sacrifice [Blu-ray]The Sacrifice | Blu Ray | (03/10/2016) from £11.49   |  Saving you £8.50 (73.98%)   |  RRP £19.99

    In a typical visionary style, Tarkovsky's depiction of the dawn of WWII and its effects on an isolated family group is awash with breathtaking cinematography and resounds with a deep, mythical profundity. BAFTA Winner (Best Foreign Language Film 1988). Winner of 4 awards at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.

  • The Unbearable Lightness Of Being [1987]The Unbearable Lightness Of Being | DVD | (28/06/2013) from £10.78   |  Saving you £7.21 (66.88%)   |  RRP £17.99

    Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Tomas, the happily irresponsible Czech lover of Milan Kundera's novel, which is set in Prague just before and during the Soviet invasion in 1968. Lena Olin and Juliette Binoche are the two vastly different women who occupy his attention and to some extent represent different sides of his values and personality. In any case, the character's decision to flee Russian tanks with one of them--and then return--has profound consequences on his life. Directed by Philip Kaufman, this rich, erotic, fascinating character study with allegorical overtones is a touchstone for many filmgoers. Several key sequences--such as Olin wearing a bowler hat and writhing most attractively--linger in the memory, while Kaufman's assured sense of the story inspires superb performances all around. --Tom Keogh

  • Autumn Sonata [1978]Autumn Sonata | DVD | (28/04/2003) from £8.99   |  Saving you £11.00 (55.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Ingmar Bergman's slow-burning story of a concert pianist who mourning the loss of her lover is invited to stay with her daughter. Their relationship is strained but the encounter is crucial for the future of both women...

  • Nostalgia [DVD] [Blu-ray]Nostalgia | Blu Ray | (19/09/2016) from £11.49   |  Saving you £8.50 (73.98%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Andrei Tarkovsky's unforgettably haunting film, his first to be made outside Russia, explores the melancholy of the expatriate through the film's protagonist, Gorchakov, a Russian poet researching in Italy. Arriving at a Tuscan village spa with Eugenia, his beautiful Italian interpreter, Gorchakov is visited by memories of Russia and of his wife and children, and he encounters the local mystic who sets him a challenging task. Nostalgia is filled with a series of mysterious and extraordinary images, all of which coalesce into a miraculous whole in the film's final shot. As in all Tarkovsky's films, nature, the elements of fire and water, music, painting and poetry all play a major role

  • Cries And Whispers [1972]Cries And Whispers | DVD | (25/02/2002) from £26.98   |  Saving you £-6.99 (-35.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Ingmar Bergman’s Cries and Whispers is a brilliant and at times shockingly traumatic piece of chamber cinema. It also represented a renaissance for Bergman, whose previous few films had flopped commercially. Set in a large house with interiors done out entirely in a disquieting red and against a soundtrack of ticking and barely audible chatter, the film features three of Bergman’s female stalwarts. Harriet Andersson plays Agnes--a thirtysomething woman dying of cancer--Ingrid Thulin plays her sister Karin--non-tactile and caught in a marriage with a man she finds physically repulsive--and Liv Ulmann is the almost childishly sensual second sister Maria. Kari Sylwan, meanwhile, stars as the earth-motherly maid Anna, whose cradling of the dying Agnes against her naked bosom is one of the centrepieces of the movie. Much of what transpires here can be construed as fantasy sequence, including one extraordinary incident in which Thulin cuts her vagina with broken glass and smears the blood over herself, in order to avoid sex with her husband. Agnes’ unbearable cries of anguish in her death throes, however, are all too real. Many familiar Bergman themes are explored in Cries And Whispers--mortality, the existence of God (here doubted by a Pastor) and the space between people. However, they are set against a singular, blood-red, dreamlike ambience that is irresistible. This is Bergman at his finest. On the DVD: the dominant red backdrops of the movie are richly enhanced in this edition. Text-only extras include notes from Bergman’s own memoirs. In a lengthy extract here, he reveals that he had considered Mix Farrow for the part of one of the sisters. Philip Strick’s additional notes add further context and background--it seems that the film’s success in America was due to its distribution by, of all people, Roger Corman. --David Stubbs

  • Passion Of Anna [1969]Passion Of Anna | DVD | (02/08/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    On a windswept barren island Andreas lives simply and quietly until he becomes entangled with Anna a beautiful mysterious widow and a neighbouring couple harbouring their own sorrows and illusions. But soon secrets from Andreas and Anna's pasts threaten to destroy everything...

  • Unbearable Lightness Of Being - 2 Disc Special EditionUnbearable Lightness Of Being - 2 Disc Special Edition | DVD | (27/03/2006) from £10.78   |  Saving you £10.21 (94.71%)   |  RRP £20.99

    Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Tomas, the happily irresponsible Czech lover of Milan Kundera's novel, which is set in Prague just before and during the Soviet invasion in 1968. Lena Olin and Juliette Binoche are the two vastly different women who occupy his attention and to some extent represent different sides of his values and personality. In any case, the character's decision to flee Russian tanks with one of them--and then return--has profound consequences on his life. Directed by Philip Kaufman, this rich, erotic, fascinating character study with allegorical overtones is a touchstone for many filmgoers. Several key sequences--such as Olin wearing a bowler hat and writhing most attractively--linger in the memory, while Kaufman's assured sense of the story inspires superb performances all around. --Tom Keogh

  • Sculpting Time - The Andrei Tarkovsky Collection [Blu-ray]Sculpting Time - The Andrei Tarkovsky Collection | Blu Ray | (11/12/2017) from £45.82   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Disc 1 Ivan's Childhood 1962 Russian and German with English subtitles Running time: 94 mins Black and white 1.33:1 LPCM 2.0 Disc 2 Andrei Rublev 1966 Russian, Italian and Tatar with English subtitles Running time: 178 mins Black and white 2.35:1 LPCM 2.0 > Disc 3 Solaris 1972 Russian with English subtitles Running time: 166 mins Black and white/ colour 2.35:1 LPCM 2.0 Disc 4 Mirror 1973 Russian with English subtitles Running time: 105 mins Black and white/ colour 1.37:1 LPCM 2.0 Disc 5 Stalker 1979 Russian with English subtitles Running time: 162 mins Black and white/colour 1.33:1 LPCM Dual mono Disc 6 Nostalgia 1983 Russian and Italian with English subtitles Running time: 125 mins Black and white/ colour 1.66:1 LPCM 2.0 Disc 7 The Sacrifice 1986 English, Swedish and French with English subtitles Running time: 148 mins Audio commentary Colour 1.66:1 LPCM mono

  • The Magician [1958]The Magician | DVD | (24/09/2001) from £5.89   |  Saving you £14.10 (70.50%)   |  RRP £19.99

    A sort of existential horror movie set in what often feels like a darkly imaginary 1846, The Magician is Ingmar Bergman's meditation on the restrictive nature of modern rationalism. Max Von Sydow cuts a suitably melancholy and mystical figure as Dr Vogler, the mute hypnotist who travels with a group of players to Stockholm, only to be examined and humiliated by a team of sceptical inquisitors led by Gunnar Bjornstrand's Dr Vergerus and a hog-like police chief. Dr Vogler exacts his revenge on Vergerus, however, in an extraordinary feat of illusion.With its elaborate, occasionally expressionistic sets and its feel of a scrupulously re-enacted nightmare, The Magician is reminiscent at times of Poe or even The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. However, the "below stairs" characters--including Ake Fridell's ebullient Master of Ceremonies and a host of giggling wenches--add comic energy to what is otherwise a startling and sombre reflection of the nature of art and life. It would prove a turning point in Bergman's career as he moved away from his early, "romantic" period.On the DVD: Presented in the original academy ratio, the mix of soft light and harsh shade for which credit should go to photographer Gunnar Fischer, is well-restored here. In notes from his memoirs included here, Bergman relates how his adventures and privations as part of a theatre company in Malmo provided inspiration for The Magician, while critic Ronald Bergman's notes talk of "the ability of the artist to find truth in both fact and fantasy". --David Stubbs

  • Scenes From A Marriage [1973]Scenes From A Marriage | DVD | (29/09/2003) from £7.49   |  Saving you £12.50 (62.50%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage opens with a couple--Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johann (Erland Josephson)--being interviewed for a magazine. Every moment seems to teeter on the brink of some rupture; just as they start to get comfortable, the interviewer has them freeze for a photograph. After making some bland, general statements, they both start admitting intimate details, confessing that they were brought together by mutual misery, then cheerfully claiming that theirs is a model marriage. The entirety of Scenes from a Marriage--which chronicles their emotional relationship even after a divorce and marriages to other people--continues to have these contradictions, moments of honesty and self-deception, of cruelty and kindness, concern and self-obsession, all laid bare by the skilful actors and the subtle, constantly shifting screenplay. Every scene is a small movie unto itself; in fact, Scenes from a Marriage was originally a six-episode TV show, carefully edited down into a unified film. This is one of Bergman's most immediate and accessible works, concerned more with the facts of human behaviour than symbolism or abstract themes. Bergman understands how to balance what could be horrible pain and despair with the characters' earnest efforts to improve their lives. His imitators reduce everything to sheer suffering and alienation; Bergman sees the best in his characters, even when their actions are terrible. This 1973 film won numerous awards, including several acting honours for Ullmann. --Bret Fetzer

  • Sculpting Time - The Andrei Tarkovsky Collection [DVD]Sculpting Time - The Andrei Tarkovsky Collection | DVD | (11/12/2017) from £36.47   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Disc 1 Ivan's Childhood 1962 Russian and German with English subtitles Running time: 94 mins Black and white 1.33:1 LPCM 2.0 Disc 2 Andrei Rublev 1966 Russian, Italian and Tatar with English subtitles Running time: 178 mins Black and white 2.35:1 LPCM 2.0 > Disc 3 Solaris 1972 Russian with English subtitles Running time: 166 mins Black and white/ colour 2.35:1 LPCM 2.0 Disc 4 Mirror 1973 Russian with English subtitles Running time: 105 mins Black and white/ colour 1.37:1 LPCM 2.0 Disc 5 Stalker 1979 Russian with English subtitles Running time: 162 mins Black and white/colour 1.33:1 LPCM Dual mono Disc 6 Nostalgia 1983 Russian and Italian with English subtitles Running time: 125 mins Black and white/ colour 1.66:1 LPCM 2.0 Disc 7 The Sacrifice 1986 English, Swedish and French with English subtitles Running time: 148 mins Audio commentary Colour 1.66:1 LPCM mono

  • SarabandSaraband | DVD | (27/03/2006) from £8.97   |  Saving you £14.01 (234.28%)   |  RRP £19.99

    A sequel to 1973's award-winning Scenes From A Marriage Bergman again follows the relationship between Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson). Marianne and Johan meet again after thirty years without contact when Marianne suddenly feels a need to see her ex-husband again. She decides to visit Johan at his old summer house in the western province of Dalarna. And so one beautiful autumn day there she is beside his reclining chair waking him with a light kiss.

  • Ingmar Bergman Collection - The Passion Of Anna/The Serpent's Egg/Hour Of The Wolf/ShameIngmar Bergman Collection - The Passion Of Anna/The Serpent's Egg/Hour Of The Wolf/Shame | DVD | (19/02/2007) from £22.93   |  Saving you £7.06 (30.79%)   |  RRP £29.99

    The Passion Of Anna: On a windswept barren island Andreas lives simply and quietly until he becomes entangled with Anna a beautiful mysterious widow and a neighbouring couple harbouring their own sorrows and illusions. But soon secrets from Andreas and Anna's pasts threaten to destroy everything... The Serpent's Egg: Abel Rosenberg (Carradine) is a circus acrobat out of work and living in a defeated Germany after the First World War. He takes a job at the Veregus Clinic and there he finds the truth behind the work of the Professor Veregus (Bennett) work that led to his own brother committing suicide... Hour Of The Wolf: Haunted by demons past and present artist Johan Borg fights a losing battle to retain his sanity and maintain his artistic prowess. His wife Alma desperate to help him finds herself starting to share his hallucinations. But as Johan's mind continues to unravel Alma is forced to choose bewteen her love and her life... Shame: On a remote island far removed from a raging civil war Jan and Eva retreat to their apolitical fortress: a small vegetable farm. But their serene existence is shattered when soldiers violently invade their home. Now caught in the crosshairs of a brutal and inhuman conflict Jan and Eva become survivors with only one concern - to endure.

  • Essential Bergman CollectionEssential Bergman Collection | DVD | (05/12/2005) from £34.99   |  Saving you £15.00 (42.87%)   |  RRP £49.99

    Wild Strawberries (1957): The film that catapulted Ingmar Bergman to the forefront of world cinema is the director's richest most humane movie. Traveling to receive an honorary degree professor Isak Borg (masterfully played by the veteran Swedish director Victor Sjostrom) is forced to face his past come to terms with his faults and accept his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies dreams and nightmares Wild Strawberries captures a startling voyage of self-dis

  • Nostalgia [DVD]Nostalgia | DVD | (19/09/2016) from £7.79   |  Saving you £8.20 (105.26%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Andrei Tarkovsky's unforgettably haunting film, his first to be made outside Russia, explores the melancholy of the expatriate through the film's protagonist, Gorchakov, a Russian poet researching in Italy. Arriving at a Tuscan village spa with Eugenia, his beautiful Italian interpreter, Gorchakov is visited by memories of Russia and of his wife and children, and he encounters the local mystic who sets him a challenging task. Nostalgia is filled with a series of mysterious and extraordinary images, all of which coalesce into a miraculous whole in the film's final shot. As in all Tarkovsky's films, nature, the elements of fire and water, music, painting and poetry all play a major role

  • Hour Of The Wolf [1968]Hour Of The Wolf | DVD | (02/08/2004) from £5.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (62.50%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Haunted by demons past and present artist Johan Borg fights a losing battle to retain his sanity and maintain his artistic prowess. His wife Alma desperate to help him finds herself starting to share his hallucinations. But as Johan's mind continues to unravel Alma is forced to choose bewteen her love and her life...

  • The Sacrifice [DVD]The Sacrifice | DVD | (03/10/2016) from £8.39   |  Saving you £7.60 (90.58%)   |  RRP £15.99

    In a typical visionary style, Tarkovsky's depiction of the dawn of WWII and its effects on an isolated family group is awash with breathtaking cinematography and resounds with a deep, mythical profundity. BAFTA Winner (Best Foreign Language Film 1988). Winner of 4 awards at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.

  • After The RehearsalAfter The Rehearsal | DVD | (27/03/2006) from £8.99   |  Saving you £11.00 (55.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Ingmar Bergman brings the worlds of cinema and theater together as a stage director takes on his new actress and former mistress in a duel of wits whilst they rehearse a new play together. Henrik Vogler (Erland Josephson) an aging director in the process of staging a production of August Strindberg's 'A Dream's Play' remains in the theatre alone one night after a rehearsal has taken place to reflect on his life and career. He is subsequently joined by young ingenue Anna (Lena Olin

  • The Sacrifice [DVD]The Sacrifice | DVD | (08/07/2013) from £11.99   |  Saving you £6.00 (60.06%)   |  RRP £15.99

    In a typical visionary style Tarkovsky's depiction of the dawn of WWII and its effects on an isolated family group is awash with breathtaking cinematography and resounds with a deep mythical profundity. BAFTA Winner (Best Foreign Language Film 1988). Winner of 4 awards at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.

  • Faithless [2001]Faithless | DVD | (20/08/2001) from £5.19   |  Saving you £14.80 (74.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Reputedly based on an incident in the life of its screenwriter, Ingmar Bergman, Faithless is a powerful film that investigates the consequences of adultery, betrayal and grief and the long-term implications for everyone involved. Directed by Bergman's former muse and actress-turned-director, Liv Ullman, the story begins when an old man who lives by the sea, just like Bergman himself, ransacks his memories for material for his writing. He conjures up the beautiful Marianne (Lena Endre) who recounts a major turning point in her life: her affair with her husband's best friend. Her story is captured both in flashback and through Marianne's dialogue, as the camera lingers on her expressive face and his rapt, silent countenance. Not surprisingly the story is an intense and convoluted one and what ensues is a tale of guilt, pain and enduring damage as "simple things become complicated". The remote shore-side confessional location adds to the mystery: just what is their relationship? Is Marianne a figment of his imagination? As the film progresses, the truth begins to dawn. Lena Endre gives a vividly emotional performance, particularly during the poignant scenes concerning her beautiful but increasingly withdrawn daughter (luminescently acted by Michelle Gylemo). Without seeming to judge her, Endre brilliantly portrays a woman who knows that what she is doing is wrong, but does it all the same. The rawness of the erupting emotions is reinforced by an almost total lack of background music and the film becomes ever more involving to watch, even if the key characters seem to have brought about their misfortune themselves. If there is a weakness here it is that the performances of the men are somewhat overshadowed. Lover David, enigmatically portrayed by Krister Henrekssen, looks older than his allocated years and his motivations are unclear; Thomas Hanzon, playing Markus the charismatic husband, seems too restrained in his role and the viewer longs for him to do something wrong to justify his wife's affair. When he eventually does, the ramifications are enormous. Faithless is riveting and very much in keeping with the Bergman oeuvre, here expressed through the sensitive, restrained direction of Liv Ullman. --Christina McLoughlin

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