Aus dem Leben der Marionetten (From the Life of the Marionettes)
Aus dem Leben der Marionetten (From the Life of the Marionettes) (1980)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 13, 1980
DVD Release Date: February 25, 2002
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The subject of this Ingmar Bergman film is repression, but everything is dismayingly on the surface.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It explores Bergman's usual concerns over marriage, sex and despair, but is not up to the director's better works.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

From the Life of the Marionettes zeroes in on one troubled marriage and the ambiguities of human sexuality.

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Time Out

Bergman's not exactly successful examination of the events and warped psychology leading up to a bourgeois businessman's murder of a prostitute.

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TV Guide

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.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Bergman's reality is tense and stark.

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A complex masterpiece that deserves wider recognition.

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Cassandra Maples
Bergman was on top form writing this piece - there's lots to think about. What motivates a respectable man, whose mental state indicates only a small risk… More
Walter M.
In "From the Life of the Marionettes," a tender embrace between a half-naked prostitute(Rita Russek) and her customer, Peter Egermann(Robert Atzorn),… More
Emily B.
A somewhat underrated Bergman film, made in Germany during his tax exile from Sweden. The film starts in colour, with a brutal murder by the main character.… More