The new Ingmar Bergman film of the day is, After the Rehearsal.
“After the Rehearsal” is a television film, written and directed by Ingmar Bergman in 1984.
The script contains numerous quotes from Strindberg’s “Drömspel”.
The film was screened out of competition at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.
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.
Celebrating Ingmar Bergman’s films!