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Members Only Screenings

Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

Come join us and watch a great film, meet great people and enjoy a lively discussion immediately following the screening. This event is exclusive—envied even—so sign up for a Facets Membership today.


July 31, 2017

Shame
(Skammen)

Film still: Shame
"Ingmar Bergman stretches a classic Bergman couple on the tightening rack of war."
  —New Yorker
"Shame is something of a triumphant summation of Bergman's cinema"
  —Senses of Cinema
"It ends with one of the cinema's most awesomely apocalyptic visions: not the cheeriest of films, but a masterpiece"
  —TimeOut London
4 stars
  Roger Ebert

Set in a 1971 Sweden plagued by civil war, Shame tells of a married couple Jan (Max von Sydow, The Seventh Seal, The Hour of the Wolf) and Eva (Liv Ullmann, Persona, The Passion of Anna), two orchestra musicians who are living on a farm in isolation from society (and almost from each other), struggling for survival and intimacy in an environment ravaged by war and destruction. As they are subjected to its degradations, they are tragically changed for the worse. We witness their relationship falling apart, as well as the community life of the nearby village that they provisionally call home.

One of Bergman's mid-career masterpieces, Shame is his reaction to the Vietnam War and, more deeply, to all the trauma of war that has defined twentieth-century experience. He was also trying to make sense of postwar Europe in the context of the political turmoil of the 1960s, by framing what should be a central question for any remotely responsible or engaged work: the extent to which art, here the moving image, can respond to the atrocities of "real" history. He also crafted a final vision of apocalypse as disturbing as anything ever put on screen.

Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1968, 103 mins. In Swedish with English subtitles.

The screening will be preceded by a reception and followed by a discussion led by Facets Cinémathèque Film Program Director, Charles Coleman.

Showtime

  • Monday, July 31 at 6:30 pm

Tickets

Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. Call the Cinémathèque Hotline at 773.281.4114 for the latest schedule, showtimes and updates.

For all Cinémathèque inquiries, contact Charles Coleman at 773.281.9075 or charles@facets.org.

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