Skammen (Shame)
Skammen (Shame) (1968)

This film is set in an undetermined foreign land, torn apart by a bloody civil war. Husband and wife musicians Jan and Eva flee to a remote island to escape the carnage. When the island is invaded and used as a battlefield, the effect on… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 23, 1968
DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Ingmar Bergman stretches a classic Bergman couple on the tightening rack of war.

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Renata Adler
New York Times

It is at Bergman's wits' end.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A bleak parable.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Despite its evident sincerity, the film seems less like an indictment of intellectual and artistic irresponsibility than a quiet mea culpa.

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Keith Uhlich
House Next Door

"What a wonder is a gun," opined one-time Bergman adapter Stephen Sondheim.

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TV Guide

A tremendously profound and unsettling film about the indignities of war.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

It ends with one of the cinema's most awesomely apocalyptic visions: not the cheeriest of films, but a masterpiece.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's pretty harrowing and depressing.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Shame draws the rutted map of war's psychology, in bold and grievous strokes recognizable to any audience, and liable to frighten and humble them all.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Cassandra Maples
A gruelling watch, but one of Bergman's finest films. Interesting to compare this with The Hour of the Wolf, as both feature the same lead actors as… More
Anthony Valletta
Another powerful bullseye from Bergman.
Eric Broome
"Skammen" ("Shame") is less famous than some other Ingmar Bergman classics, but it's among his finest work. One of many Bergman films… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Shame" is a 1968 movie from Ingmar Bergman about Jan(Max Von Sydow, who when wearing black rimmed glasses, sort of reminds me of… More