New Release: Face to Face DVD

Face to Face

Erland Josephson and Liv Ullmann star in Bergman's Face to Face.

Olive Films released 1976’s Face To Face, one of the great psychological dramas from the Swedish giant filmmaker Ingmar Bergman (The Magician), on DVD on Aug. 30, 2011, for a list price of $29.95.

The disc marks the first time the movie has ever been issued to the home market in the U.S. in any format. It was released in theaters in the U.S. by Paramount Pictures back in 1976.

Written, directed and produced by Bergman, Face to Face stars frequent Bergman muse Liv Ullmann (Cries and Whispers) as successful psychiatrist Dr. Jenny Isaksson, who, despite her professional prowess, suffers from profound depression and mental illness. On the brink of a nervous breakdown and desperately in search of an escape from her doldrums, Jenny has an affair with a fellow doctor (Erland Josephson, The Sacrifice), which only worsens her hysteria as she struggles to maintain her grasp on sanity and reality.

An art house smash back in the day (not to mention a punch line of sorts in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall), Face To Face garnered a slew of honors, including a Best Foreign Film Golden Globe and Best Actress notices for Ullman from the L.A. Film Critics, the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics.

Presented in Swedish with English subtitles, the Face to Face DVD does not contain any bonus features.


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