Brink of Life

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Brink of Life (US), So Close to Life (UK)
Brink of Life.jpg
Swedish poster
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Written by Ulla Isaksson
Starring Eva Dahlbeck
Ingrid Thulin
Bibi Andersson
Release dates
  • 31 March 1958 (1958-03-31)
Running time
84 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

Brink of Life, (Swedish: Nära livet, and known as So Close to Life in the UK) is a 1958 Swedish drama film directed by Ingmar Bergman. Bergman won the Best Director Award and Anderson, Dahlbeck, Ornäs and Thulin won the Best Actress Award at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

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Reception[edit]

Brink of Life received generally mixed reviews from critics.[2]

Censorship[edit]

When Brink of Life was first released in Italy in 1960 the Committee for the Theatrical Review of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities rated it as VM16: not suitable for children under 16. In order for the film to be screened publicly, the Committee imposed the removal of the scene in which Stina is in pain due to labour. The reason for the age restriction and removal of the scene cited in the official documents, is that the film was not suitable to the sexual morals of a minor in the Italian society, and the scene was considered to be shocking.[3] The official document number is: 31260, it was signed on 20 April 1960 by Minister Domenico Magrì.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Brink of Life". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  2. ^ "'Brink of Life' (1958) on RT". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  3. ^ Italia Taglia Database of the documents produced by the Committee for the Theatrical Review of The Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, from 1944 to 2000.
  4. ^ Italia Taglia Database of the documents produced by the Committee for the Theatrical Review of The Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, from 1944 to 2000.

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