Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället) – Ingmar Bergman 1957

Wild Strawberries is a 1957 Swedish film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman, about an old man recalling his past. The original Swedish title is Smultronstället, which literally means “the wild strawberry patch”, but idiomatically means an underrated gem of a place (often with personal or sentimental value).

Traveling to receive an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg , is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and accept the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, Wild Strawberries captures a startling voyage of self-discovery and renewed belief in mankind.

The cast includes Victor Sjöström in his final screen performance, as well as Bergman regulars Bibi AnderssonIngrid Thulin and Gunnar BjörnstrandMax von Sydow also appears in a small role. Bergman wrote the screenplay while hospitalized. Because it tackles difficult questions about life, and thought-provoking themes such as self-discovery and human existence, the film is often considered to be one of Bergman’s most emotional, optimistic and best films.

The film won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 8th Berlin International Film Festival, “Best Film” and “Best Actor” at the Mar del Plata Film Festival and won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film in 1960. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Original Screenplay.

In a 1963 interview with Cinema magazine Stanley Kubrick listed the film as his second favorite of all time.

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