Dec 4, 2023

Wild Strawberries

A Film by Ingmar Bergman

New Books Network 2023

What if you could receive the adulation and respect of strangers but not from your own family-or even yourself? In Wild Strawberries (1957), Ingmar Bergman dramatizes a journey into a man’s memories, insecurities, and fears in a way that may borrow the technique of Death of a Salesman but not its final scenes or the fate of its hero. For all we hear about the bleakness of Bergman’s vision, the film is ultimately affirming. The world screams, “Physician, heal thyself”—and he does! Join us for an extended conversation that also includes how the film resembles A Christmas Carol and Casablanca.

The opening clip is Bergman talking on The Dick Cavett Show in 1971 about the final closeup of Wild Strawberries.

Admirers of Bergman’s films will want to read his autobiography, My Life in Pictures.

Follow us on X or Letterboxd. Incredible bumper music by John Deley.

Listen to more episodes on:

Your Host

Fifteen Minute Film Fanatics

Two friends with strong opinions watch films separately then discuss them on the show for the first time. Can their friendship survive? Join Mike and Dan as they discuss one film each episode--and in only fifteen minutes, give or take a few. There are no long pauses, pontifications, or politics--just two guys who want to share their enthusiasm for great movies. On Twitter. On Letterboxd. Email:

Learn More