Efter repetitionen (After the Rehearsal)
Efter repetitionen (After the Rehearsal) (1984)

Ingmar Bergman's After the Rehearsal stars Erland Josephson as a theater director named Henrik Volger. He is in the midst of mounting a production of a Strindberg play when he is visited by Anna Egerman (Lena Olin), an actress whom he… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 9, 1984
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

"After the Rehearsal" evolves into such a fascinating, convincing reflection of backstage psychology and emotional combat that it should prove irresistible to anyone susceptible to the lore of the theater.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

There is something liberating in the very schematism of the project: he no longer needs to pretend that his mouthpieces are real people.

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TV Guide

Although After the Rehearsal is blessed with three superb performances (especially Thulin, as a has-been actress who attacks the director for having abandoned her), it is trapped in its staginess.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What we are left with at the end of After the Rehearsal, however, is the very strong sense of an artist who has sacrificed many lives for the sake of his art, and now wonders if perhaps one of those lives was his own.

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Emanuel Levy

Ingmar Bergman's personal meditation about life and art introduced to international cinema the talented and sexy Lena Olin.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Ingmar Bergman's own little Tempest in a teapot... Hardly light material, but it's pretty frisky stuff for Bergman.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

After the Rehearsal may well be another Bergman classic.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The director's mea culpa for choosing his art over his family life.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Reveals the intricate dynamics of male-female sexual dynamics and leaves us more convinced than ever of the bittersweetness of human love

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Broome
With "After the Rehearsal," Ingmar Bergman limits his tools to one minimal set and just three speaking parts. Erland Josephson stars as Bergman… More
Dimitris Springer
Excelling tribute to memories and...fading desire.A great t.v. movie and the first one after Bergman's official retirement with Fanny och Alexander.The… More
Anthony Valletta
Outstanding performances and direction.