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From the Life of Marionettes (Ingmar Bergman, 1980)

Feasts for my Eyes

Marionettes

Despite its late date, after a garishly red opening, this is almost entirely in black and white which I presume to be an artistic choice, though it could equally be a financial one – Bergman made this in Germany rather than his native Sweden, so there might well have been some belt-tightening involved. It’s a tough watch, being an investigation of a brutal (fictional) murder of a prostitute through the eyes of friends, family and acquaintances of the killer. It’s bleak and we don’t get any strong insight into why Peter Egermann (Robert Atzorn) feels compelled to kill and unable to resist, despite clearly being afraid of this compulsion.

His psychiatrist claims that Peter is a repressed homosexual and that this is responsible for his internal demons, and the idea that Peter might be homosexual or bisexual had occurred to me, though the idea that this might be responsible for…

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