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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bergman Pens Unique Thriller Of Tragic Love




STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- The Ingmar Bergman film that starts production next week is being described as scary and shocking - but that doesn't mean Sweden's titan of seriousness is going the slasher-movie route.


The movie "Troloesa," or Faithless, is a thriller, ''but not a thriller with murders - although you could say a soul is murdered," Liv Ullmann said Wednesday.


Ullmann is directing the film, whose script was written by Bergman. She said the script is based on an experience of Bergman's that he had struggled to write about for years - but, in good thriller tradition, she didn't give away many details.


The movie, in which Erland Josephson plays Bergman, is set mostly in Bergman's workroom, with memory excursions into the past, as Bergman wrestles "with remorse over what he did to the woman he loved," Ullmann said.


Hardly conventional thriller material, but Bergman, as director and writer, and Ullmann and Josephson, as actors, showed they could make riveting drama out of little action in 1973's renowned "Scenes From a Marriage."


And Lena Endre, who plays the top female role in the new movie, thinks they still have the touch. "People will be completely shocked and frightened," she said.


"You can't say it's a typical Bergman film. It's set in our time," said Kaj Larsen, the film's line producer. "People are struggling with relationships. You can see yourself very much in it."


Bergman, who made over 40 films, retired from directing cinema after the Oscar-winning 1982 film "Fanny and Alexander" and has spent the years since then on theater, his first love, and writing.


WASHINGTON - Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who won five Academy Awards for his gritty war movie, "Saving Private Ryan," collected the U.S. military's highest civilian honor Wednesday at a special Pentagon ceremony.


He told the gathering his goal in making the movie was to "remember unsparingly the sacrifices of my father's generation" while trying to help his children's generation understand the importance of World War II.