Saraband is about the Johan and Marianne that the film and TV public met for the first time in Scenes from a Marriage in the 1970s. Now they are both old, they have long been divorced and only had highly sporadic contact. Johan’s son and granddaughter live in a house in Johan’s garden. The relationship between Johan and his son has been envenomed for many years and Johan regards his son as incompetent. The son in turn despises Johan but is forced to humiliate himself because he is economically dependent on his father. Marianne turns up and they are forced to talk with each other. This is archetypical Bergman: dry, rational yet remarkably moving at the same time.
Ingmar Bergman, 1918-2007, was the great film and theatre director in Sweden in the second half of the twentieth century. His autobiographical book Laterna Magica, 1987, was a great international success and was translated into more that thirty languages. All of Bergman’s film scripts have been published in book form by Norstedts.