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Wild Strawberries

Released 1959
Distributor Janus Films

Two great Swedish directors, Ingmar Bergman and Victor Sjöström, collaborate on the story of an embittered old professor who makes his peace with the present by concentrating on the past. Sjöström plays the crusty physician and a few of Bergman’s stock company are on hand including Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin and Max Von Sydow. Now widely regarded as one of the great films of all time, the 1957 drama was an enormous influence on Bergman fan Woody Allen.

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About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from birth, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Back in the day Allan was directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere, Fame, A Series of Unfortunate Events and TV Movies like Elvis Meets Nixon and Shake Rattle & Rock as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He used to have a lost film, Get Crazy, but Kino/Lorber found it in time for Christmas 2021. His day job is teaching Film production & history at the AFI.