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 separately, provoking them while investigating a pornographic performance for which they may face a fine. Their relationships are complicated. Sebastian, a volatile heavy drinker in debt, is guilty of killing his former partner and is having an affair with the dead man's widow. Thea, a high-strung woman who is prone to fits and seemingly fragile, is currently married to Sebastian's new partner, Hans. Hans is the troupe's leader. He is wealthy, self-contained, and growing weary of the troupe. The judge plays on the trio's insecurities, but they may have their revenge when they finally perform The Rite in a private session with him.



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

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