Aus dem Leben der Marionetten (From the Life of the Marionettes)
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Aus dem Leben der Marionetten (From the Life of the Marionettes)
Produced and directed for German television, Ingmar Bergman's From the Life of the Marionettes starts out in color and switches almost immediately to black-and-white. This cinematic self-indulgence is ideally suited to the subject matter: the horrible consequences of a rapidly disintegrating marriage. The husband, Peter Egerman (Robert Atzorn) is unable to articulate his frustration through normal channels. Warped by his repression, Egerman ends up raping and murdering a prostitute. This outrage occurs at the very beginning of the film; the rest of the footage is devoted to a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The subject of this Ingmar Bergman film is repression, but everything is dismayingly on the surface."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It explores Bergman's usual concerns over marriage, sex and despair, but is not up to the director's better works."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"From the Life of the Marionettes zeroes in on one troubled marriage and the ambiguities of human sexuality."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Bergman's not exactly successful examination of the events and warped psychology leading up to a bourgeois businessman's murder of a prostitute."
‑ , Time Out
"The title signifies that the husband is just another puppet in the scheme of things, unable to properly respond to sensual and emotional arousal that varies from the routine structure."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Bergman's reality is tense and stark."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"A complex masterpiece that deserves wider recognition."
‑ , Film4