2016 in Screencaps: Wild Strawberries (1957)

2016 in Screencaps is me capturing the most striking images from the films I watch this year. Mostly older movies watched on a small(ish) screen.

I’ve never watched an Ingmar Bergman film before. That’s a terrible oversight, but those kind of glaring emissions in my cinematic knowledge are also why I’m doing this Screencaps project.

After Wild Strawberries (another pick from Kubrick’s top ten list) I will be watching more Bergman films. It’s an incredible piece of work, not nearly as pretentious as all those Bergman pastiches would have you believe, in fact I was surprised by how… gentle this film is.

A lot of that down is to the lead, Victor Sjöström, a silent film star who was 79 at the time of filming, and the rest of it is down to that extraordinary cinematography and editing. This film just envelopes you in its shadows and its faces, every frame feels like a work of art and you can only imagine what it would be like to see it in on a huge screen in a dark cinema.

Plus, Max von Sydow is in this film for like five seconds, playing a garage attendant.

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