This is a great scene from Ingmar Bergman's 1982 film Fanny And Alexander, set in Uppsala around 1907. A lot has happened since then, or, as they say here in Japan, warm water under a red bridge.
My memories of Jul (Yule, Christmas, クリスマス) hardly even touch on a tangent on some of the scenes that Bergman explore here. He was indeed born in a different era, in a different state of mind, that some would call "upper class" whatever that may mean.
His anger and angst, to use the German word, also may not be so well understood.
Bergman is very popular in Japan - and even in America, this film got 4 Oscars. Well done.
Do rent the full version, do enjoy it in its entire fullness, all of Bergman's greatness, with moments of brilliance and truth, like this scene when Isak tells the children an ancient story, of how a young man sets out on a journey. But why?
He has also forgotten his homeland, and the final goal,
Suddenly one evening he is standing in a forest
All is quiet; perhaps the sunset wind is heard in the tall trees
He stands in astonishment...
...but he is also anxious and suspicious
He is alone... and he hears nothing...
And he discovers that his hearing is poor...
...because his ears are blocked up
He sees nothing, because his eyes are
Dazzled by the merciless glare of the daylight
His throat is parched and his cracked lips are pressed around curses
Thus he does not hear the ripple of flowing, streaming water
He does not see the shining stream in the dusk
He stands deaf and blinded just next to the spring...
...and does not know it is there
Thanks Jean at TTT for reminding me of this.
Blogs I Like
- Ad B: Japan Navigator
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- Jared B: Tokyo Green Space
- Joan: Popcorn Homestead
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- Justin B: The Rational Pessimist (Climate & Risk)
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- Mari: Watashi to Tokyo
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- Shizuoka Gourmet
- Ten Thousand Things
- Tom: Kitchen Garden in Japan
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- NGOs/News: Organic Consumers Association (US)
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- NGOs: Greenz.jp
- NGOs: Japan for Sustainability
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- Shops: Alishan Organic Center
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- Stuff: Japan Probe