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Saraband- Ingmar Bergman's Final Masterpiece

Saraband: 1. A fast, erotic dance of the 17th and 18th centuries, popular in Spain and Mexico
2. The music for this dance Much like its musical namesake, Ingmar Bergman's final film Saraband is an i...

Saraband: 1. A fast, erotic dance of the 17th and 18th centuries, popular in Spain and Mexico 2. The music for this dance

Much like its musical namesake, Ingmar Bergman's final film Saraband is an intricately composed and carefully measured work.

Essentially a sequel to his 1973 masterpiece, Scenes from a Marriage, the film reunites Marianne (Liv Ullman) and Johan (Erland Josephson) thirty years after their divorce. Marianne arrives at Johan's summer home in the western province of Dalarna, where he is staying with his son from a previous marriage, Henrik ((Börje Ahlstedt), and Herik's daughter Karin (Julia Defvenius). With all the players assembled, this emotionally driven and unflinchingly honest film delves into the heart and soul of familial relations.

"Saraband can be seen as a concerto grosso, a concert for full orchestra; only, here, with four soloists," says Ingmar Bergman. "The drama consists of ten dialogues that follow a particular pattern, and it's an attempt at analysis of a difficult situation."

Unfolding over the course of ten chapters, or dialogues (complete with a prologue and an epilogue) Saraband reveals that Bergman has lost none of his skill for illuminating the complex and delicate nature of human relationships. A fitting finish to Bergman's prestigious career, Saraband is a true masterpiece from one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.

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