Criterion Collection: Shame (1968) | Blu-ray Review

Things were grim in 1968, the reflection of which was interpreted by Ingmar Bergman, who delivered two of his bleakest portraits beginning with his noted horror endeavor Hour of the Wolf. His leads Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann would reappear as another troubled couple in Shame, the director’s only foray into the future with a Kafkaesque parable about life during wartime. Long before Steve McQueen would examine a different angle of the same titular human condition, Bergman goes for something deeper and darker in this portrait of unavoidable complicity in humanity’s ultimate doing—war. Two decades after WWII and with the world in the throes of Vietnam, it’s merely a portrait of human behavior and the struggle to survive under impossible circumstances.…
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