“Liv, you are my Stradivarius,” Ingmar Bergman once told his muse, Liv Ullmann, the actress who starred in 12 of the director’s films, including Persona (1966), The Passion of Anna (1969), Cries and Whispers (1972) and Autumn Sonata (1978).
Ullmann and Bergman’s cinematic legacies are inextricably linked. When you think of one, you think of the other. And yet Ullmann had an acting career before and after Bergman. Above, you can watch The Danish Poet, narrated by Ullmann herself. Winner of the 2007 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, The Danish Poet follows “Kasper, a poet whose creative well has run dry, on a holiday to Norway to meet the famous writer, Sigrid Undset. As Kasper’s quest for inspiration unfolds, it appears that a spell of bad weather, an angry dog, slippery barn planks, a careless postman, hungry goats and other seemingly unrelated factors might play important roles in the big scheme of things after all.”
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Loved this! Novel and quaint with a slight touch of humor and a whimsical way of viewing how chance and happenstance (or are they), may conspire to bring long-awaited happiness, or deep disappointment and sorrow.
Nice graphics as well were an added touch to the story line. Something here for kids as well as those still young at heart even at 99!