The Lie. Alan Bridges. 1970. ⭐⭐⭐★★★.
This is the British version of The Lie, which I saw the Swedish version of last weekend. So we’re skipping back from 1973, way back to the misty days of 1970, when a bunch of European countries all recorded their own versions of the same Bergman script.
I’m not going to watch them all, but I thought it might be fun to watch the British version, at least. It’s directed by Alan Bridges, the chap that did The Shooting Party… Isn’t that a quite good movie? I’m not sure.
This version is also from the Bergman bootlegger, and it’s OK. Not much colour to speak of (but perhaps everything was an orangey beige in England in 1970), and with a title permanently placed at the top, but otherwise OK.
This is a better production than the Swedish version, even if the actors have extremely plummy voices. The main problem remains: The script still isn’t very thrilling. It so vague. Even after seeing a second version of it, I’m still not sure I could say what it’s about other than… you know… people with vague dissatisfactions.
This post is part of the 87 Bergman Things series.