- Jun 2, 2018
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Also in this series: The Seventh Seal.
Wild Strawberries is centered on two journeys: one physical, the other introspective. Isak Borg (played by Victor Sjöström, director of The Phantom Carriage) drives to Lund University, where he is to be given a lifetime achievement award for his work in medicine. Along the way, Borg is confronted by his past and forced to acknowledge his failures as a son, lover, husband, and father. The former journey is a testament to his successful career; the latter, his failings as a man.
Ingmar Bergman, the film’s writer-director, notes in his autobiography Images (available at the TSL Book Space) that Isak Borg was a characterization of himself at the time: ‘I was thirty-seven, cut off from all human relations… I was a loner, a failure, I mean a complete failure. Though successful. And clever. And orderly. And disciplined.’ Wild Strawberries is an insightful journey into the mind of its auteur, who’s centennial we are now celebrating with this and other films. 1957. 1h32m.