1957, Janus Films, 91 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman

Bergman at his finest: An aging professor (played to perfection by Victor Sjostrom, himself a great director of the silent era) reflects on the bitter dregs of his life as he approaches his final day of reckoning. To this day few filmmakers have gazed as deeply into the human heart as Bergman did here. Co-starring the sublime Ingrid Thulin as Sjostrom’s disillusioned daughter-in-law and Gunnar Björnstrand as his bitter son. With Bibi Andersson. In Swedish with English subtitles.

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