A Look at Liv Ullmann, Then and Now

Oct 27, 2008
6:30 PM ET
New York

PALEYDOCFEST closes with “A Look at Liv Ullmann, Then and Now,” featuring an in-person appearance by Liv Ullmann in celebration of Richard Kaplan’s 1979 documentary "A Look at Liv: Norway’s Liv Ullmann; Liv Ullmann’s Norway." A revealing documentary of this extraordinary actress, "A Look at Liv" charts Ullmann’s complicated relationship with Ingmar Bergman, details her acting methods, and reviews the public’s perception of her as a feminist icon. The Paley Center is honored to reunite filmmaker and subject for this screening, followed by a conversation of Ullmann’s life since then, including her second career as a director.



Filmmaker's Statement

A Look at Liv is a feature-length documentary portrait of an exceptional woman. Liv Ullmann is not only a highly acclaimed actress, she is also a talented writer and a most articulate and perceptive commentator on the human condition. This film marked the first time that Ms. Ullmann allowed the camera to explore in detail the intimate side of her life and thought, her work and relationship with Ingmar Bergman, the influence of her native Norway, the writing of her best-selling autobiography Changing, and, of course, her role as a woman and mother.

Numerous excerpts from some of Ms. Ullmann’s most famous films and stage performances are featured in A Look at Liv, including Scenes From a Marriage, Cries and Whispers, Persona, Face to Face, and Moon for the Misbegotten. We see her at work with such performers as Peter Finch, Gene Hackman, Erland Josephson, Bibi Anderson, Max Von Sydow, and David Carradine. There is also footage of Liv Ullmann working with Mr. Bergman during the production of The Serpent’s Egg, as well as an extensive interview with the renowned director. Childhood and family photographs, plus rare home movies and dramatic views of the Norwegian landscape are also seen.

A Look at Liv is an intimate and revealing assessment of a woman’s role in today’s world. It is also Ms. Ullmann’s depiction of her country and her heritage and their impact on her life and work. Liv Ullmann’s exceptional candor permeates this richly detailed and entertaining film portrait.

—Richard Kaplan


Filmmaker Richard Kaplan
Liv Ullmann, Film Subject

Ticket Info

Members: $15
General Public: $20

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