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From the Life of the Marionettes (TV)

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Original title
Aus dem Leben der Marionetten (TV)
Running time
104 min.
Germany - West Germany (FRG) Germany - West Germany (FRG)
Ingmar Bergman
Rolf A. Wilhelm
Sven Nykvist
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Co-production Germany - West Germany (FRG)-Germany-Sweden; Personafilm / Incorporated Television Company
Drama | Spin-off. Crime. TV Movie
Synopsis / Plot
From the Life of the Marionettes is an unusually raw and explicit Ingmar Bergman drama, featuring two supporting characters from Scenes from a Marriage. Peter Egermann (Robert Atzorn), outwardly stable and well adjusted, suffers from depression, feelings of sexual inadequacy, and barely suppressed rage toward his wife, Katarina (Christine Buchegger), the latter eventually leading to the brutal rape and murder of a prostitute. Events are not presented in chronological order, but the film consists mainly of a number of scenes preceding the crime that painfully illustrate the Egermanns' marital discord, and a series of subsequent police interrogations involving psychiatrist Mogens Jensen (Martin Benrath), a friend of the Egermanns'; Katarina's business partner, Tim (Walter Schmidinger); and Peter's devastated mother (Lola Müthel).
1980: National Board of Review: Top Foreign Films
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