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Riten
Movie: Riten(1969)[tt0064897] A judge in an unnamed country interviews three actors, together and singly, provoking them while investigating a pornographic performance for which they may face a fine. Their relationships are complicated: Sebastian, volatile, a heavy drinker, in debt, guilty of killing his former partner, is having an affair with that man's wife. She is Thea, high strung, prone to fits, and seemingly fragile, currently married to Sebastian's new partner, Hans. Hans is the troupe leader, wealthy, self-contained, growing tired. The judge plays on the trio's insecurities, but when they finally, in a private session with him, perform the masque called The Rite, they may have their revenge Written by<jhailey@hotmail.com>
Title Riten
Release Date 25 March 1969 (Sweden)
Runtime
Genres Drama
Production Companies Svensk Filmindustri (SF), Personafilm, Cinematograph AB
Ingrid Thulin
Ingrid Thulin...
Thea Winkelmann...
Anders Ek
Anders Ek...
Sebastian Fisher...
Gunnar Björnstrand
Gunnar Björnstrand...
Hans Winkelmann...
Erik Hell
Erik Hell...
Judge Dr. Abrahamson...
Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman...
Priest...

Reviews

sol- on 19 February 2006
An intriguing sexually explicit and frank film about a number of different things, ranging from anti-censorship sentiments to neuroses, it is well directed by Ingmar Bergman, shot from interesting angles and making good use of close-ups, but still it is far off the level of Bergman's best work. The ideas are a bit all over the place and the film is too talkative for it to have much chance of establishing atmosphere. The events of the final ten or so minutes are contrived too, particularly concerning the main character. Either way, it makes an interesting enough watch, and if not for its cinematic virtues, at least for giving an idea of the very adult stuff allowed on Swedish television in 1969! Worthwhile for Bergman fans; others might want to try out a few of his other films before giving this a go.

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