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FMU to feature 2007-08 Film Series, Jan. 22

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University Cinema 2007-08 Film Series will feature Ingmar Bergman’s “Saraband” on Jan. 22.

The film may be viewed at 3:30 and 8 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center’s Lowrimore Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

In the film, Marianne travels into the country, to the home of her ex-husband, Johan. Johan is undergoing a family crisis with his insolvent and needy son, Henrik, and granddaughter, Karin. Karin is in her early twenties, and Henrik asks Johan for an advance on his inheritance so that Henrik can buy Karin an old Fagnola cello, to make a better impression at the audition for the European music conservatory.

The movie opens with the camera on Marianne standing by a table covered with photographs. It is a well-lit room, and she addresses the viewer as though invited to come in. She picks one picture up after another; they are organized in no particular order, being just heaped all over the table. Some make her smile, or merely elicit a comment or a sigh. Then, she picks up a photograph of her husband, prompting her to reminisce about how they had been happy more or less, and how they'd broken up. She goes on to recall how his second marriage with another woman failed, while she was already married with a second husband herself, and then when her second husband died (by flying a plane off somewhere and disappearing), she reflects that it would be nice to see her first husband again.

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Last Published: January 18, 2008 4:21 PM
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