Riten (The Rite) (The Ritual)
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The Ritual is an alternate English-language title for Ingmar Bergman's The Rite (Riten). Made for Swedish television in 1969, this short film was Bergman's revenge against those who opposed his management of the Royal Dramatic Theatre. The storyline involves three actors whose recent production has been judged obscene by the powers-that-be. Bergman deliberately obscures the "controversial" quality of the production itself, forcing the viewers to assess their own opinions over what is obscene and what isn't. Intending to shock and provoke his audience, Bergman was appalled… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A rarely seen but thoroughly captivating example of filmed chamber theater."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Powerful and thought-provoking allegory that mixes politics, sexuality, myth and art."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"A bold step forward in Bergman's analysis of human isolation."
‑ , Time Out
"Definitely not a film for everyone."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A virtuoso riff, played fast and close"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
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