The Rite (1969 film)

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The Rite
The Rite 1969 poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Produced by Lars-Owe Carlberg
Written by Ingmar Bergman
Starring Ingmar Bergman
Gunnar Björnstrand
Anders Ek
Erik Hell
Ingrid Thulin
Cinematography Sven Nykvist
Release dates
25 March 1969
Running time
72 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

The Rite (Swedish: Riten) is a 1969 Swedish drama film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. It premiered on Swedish television on 25 March 1969.[1]


A judge in an unnamed country interviews three actors, together and singly, provoking them while investigating a pornographic performance for which they may face a fine. Their relationships are complicated: Sebastian, volatile, a heavy drinker, in debt, guilty of killing his former partner, is having an affair with that man's widow. She is Thea, high strung, prone to fits, and seemingly fragile, currently married to Sebastian's new partner, Hans. Hans is the troupe leader, wealthy, self-contained, and growing tired. The judge plays on the trio's insecurities, but when they finally, in a private session with him, perform the masque called The Rite, they may have their revenge.



  1. ^ "Riten (1969): Release dates". Swedish Film Database. Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 

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