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some cultural values difficult to transport


For example, one male character has a ridiculous haircut. It's not clear though whether it's meant to be ridiculous or if that was typical in Sweden at that time. Same for the night cap that is worn for a while. Feels like this film will have trouble being understood outside its place and time.

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Even when it was made it was outside its time, seeing as it's set at the turn of the 19th/20th century and made in 1955.
And yes the night cap is ridiculous.

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I am sure everything that is in this film was intended. That is the nature of Bergman.

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Exactly.

I think Desire made Egerman put the night cap on to make him look funnier because it was easier for her to talk to him when he's not all serious and cynical. Also, remember Egerman from the start of the film, with a top hat and everything, Count with his monocle later on, and their gestures and manners, sumptuous dinner. It's the turn of the 20th century in Sweden, there were still some nobles living like nobles. But it also fits better with characters and comic ambient of the movie.

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I think Desire made Egerman put the night cap on to make him look funnier because it was easier for her to talk to him when he's not all serious and cynical. Also, remember Egerman from the start of the film, with a top hat and everything, Count with his monocle later on, and their gestures and manners, sumptuous dinner. It's the turn of the 20th century in Sweden, there were still some nobles living like nobles. But it also fits better with characters and comic ambient of the movie.

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