After the Rehearsal

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After the Rehearsal
Efter Repetitionen.jpg
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Produced by Jörn Donner
Written by Ingmar Bergman
Starring Erland Josephson
Ingrid Thulin
Lena Olin
Nadja Palmstjerna-Weiss
Bertil Guve
Cinematography Sven Nykvist
Release date
9 April 1984
Running time
70 min
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

After the Rehearsal (Swedish: Efter repetitionen) is a television film, written and directed by Ingmar Bergman in 1984. The script contains numerous quotes from Strindberg's A Dream Play. The film was screened out of competition at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Rational, exacting, and self-controlled theater director, Henrik Vogler, often stays after rehearsal to think and plan. On this day, Anna comes back, ostensibly looking for a bracelet. She is the lead in his new production of Strindberg's A Dream Play. She talks of her hatred for her mother (now dead), an alcoholic actress who was Vogler's star and lover. Vogler falls into a reverie, remembering a day Anna's mother, Rakel, late in life, came after rehearsal to beg him to come to her apartment. He awakes and Anna reveals the reason she has returned: she jolts him into an emotional response, rare for him, and the feelings of a young woman and an older man play out.

Cast[edit]

(Tartan DVD release of this film erroneously lists "Liv Ullmann" as one of the three main stars. Ullmann is not in this film)

Reception[edit]

After the Rehearsal received strongly positive reviews from critics, garnering a 91% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[2] Vincent Canby wrote that it "may well be another Bergman classic."[3] Roger Ebert gave it a full four stars and argued that the work "consists of unadorned surfaces concealing fathomless depths."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: After the Rehearsal". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "After the Rehearsal (1984)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 17, 2017. 
  3. ^ Canby, Vincent (June 21, 1984). "Screen: Ingmar Bergman's 'After the Rehearsal'". The New York Times. Retrieved January 17, 2017. 
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (January 1, 1984). "After the Rehearsal Movie Review & Film Summary (1984)". Retrieved January 17, 2017. 

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