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Seventh Seal, TheSeventh Seal, The (1957) Recommended
Dir. Ingmar Bergman
Feat. Max von Sydow
The solemn Swede garnered world prominence with this stunning, poetic allegory set in the plague–ridden 16th Century, where a disillusioned…
Magician, TheMagician, The (The Face) (1958)
Dir. Ingmar Bergman
Feat. Max von Sydow
Bergman's allegorical self–portrait of a controversial travelling magician who exacts revenge on a cynical doctor, but becomes trapped in his…
Brink of LifeBrink of Life (Nara Livet) (1958)
Dir. Ingmar Bergman
Feat. Eva Dahlbeck, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson
Minor, but accomplished Bergman potboiler concerns three women in a maternity ward, who must each decide whether to give up their babies for…
Virgin Spring, TheVirgin Spring, The (1960) Aro Favourite
Dir. Ingmar Bergman
Feat. Max von Sydow
Bergman won his first Oscar for this brooding yet gripping medieval tale about a peasant couple who avenge the savage murderers of their daughter.
Through a Glass DarklyThrough a Glass Darkly (1961)
Dir. Ingmar Bergman
Feat. Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Max von Sydow
Husband, father and brother must cope with the disintegrating mental health of a young woman on an island. The focus is on religion, madness and the…
Winter LightWinter Light (1962)
Dir. Ingmar Bergman
Feat. Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Gunnel Lindblom
The second in Bergman's faith trilogy, in which a village priest finds himself drawn towards atheism after the death of his wife. Crisp, reflective…
Greatest Story Ever Told, TheGreatest Story Ever Told, The (1965)
Dir. George Stevens
Feat. Max von Sydow, Dorothy McGuire, Robert Loggia
Not the greatest movie ever made, however one might get a kick out of spotting all the famous faces in this reverant, picturesque epic about the life…
Quiller Memorandum, TheQuiller Memorandum, The (1966)
Dir. Michael Anderson
Feat. George Segal, Max von Sydow, Alec Guinness
Cold War thriller given an edge through the expert scripting of Harold Pinter, mapping out a game of psychological cat–and–mouse between…
HawaiiHawaii (1966)
Dir. George Roy Hill
Feat. Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris
Lush epic of colonial expansion with Harris as an uptight missionary on a crusade to convert the natives of Hawaii, and Andrews his long suffering…
Hour Of The WolfHour Of The Wolf (Vargtimmen) (1968) Recommended
Dir. Ingmar Bergman
Feat. Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann
One of dir. Bergman's most troubled visions, this concerns the descent of an unstable artist (von Sydow) and his sensitive wife (Ullmann) into a…
Ingmar Bergman CollectionIngmar Bergman Collection (The Serpent's Egg, The Hour of the Wolf, The Passion of Anna, Skammen) (1968-1977)
Dir. Ingmar Bergman
Feat. Liv Ullmann, Max von Sydow
A collection of four of the Swedish master's most challenging and thought provoking works: THE SERPENT'S EGG, THE HOUR OF THE WOLF, THE PASSION OF…
SkammenSkammen (Shame) (1968) Recommended
Dir. Ingmar Bergman
Feat. Liv Ullmann, Max von Sydow, Gunnar Bjornstrand
Bleak parable set against the back drop of a fictional war finds an apolitical couple aloofly living out their days on an island indulging in various…
Passion of Anna, ThePassion of Anna, The (1969) Recommended
Dir. Ingmar Bergman
Feat. Liv Ullmann, Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson
Unpleasant drama set on a barren island with widow Ullman finding misery loves company in the form of tortured ex–convict von Sydow. Meanwhile…
Touch, The (1971)
Feat. Elliott Gould, Max von Sydow
Exorcist, TheExorcist, The (1973) Aro Favourite
Dir. William Friedkin
Feat. Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn
Landmark, influential horror film tells its tale of a child diagnosed with a case of demon–possession in explicit detail. A penetrating sense…
Exorcist Collection, TheExorcist Collection, The (The Exorcist 1,2 & 3) (1973-1990)
Feat. Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller
The original horror sensation THE EXORCIST and both its interesting sequels in one box–set.
Kojak Collection, TheKojak Collection, The (The Marcus-Nelson Murders, The Belarus File, The Price of Justice) (1973-1987) Recommended
Dir. Joseph Sargent, Robert Markowitz, Alan Metzger
Feat. Telly Savalas, Marjoe Gortner, Jose Ferrer
Telly Savalas stars as the tough but witty sleuth who became a small screen icon in the 1970's. This set features the three feature–length TV…
SteppenwolfSteppenwolf (1974)
Feat. Max von Sydow, Dominique Sanda, Pierre Clementi
A strange yet spiritually faithful adaptation of Hermann Hesse's novel about a solitary intellectual in 1920's Germany who is a half–human,…
Ultimate WarriorUltimate Warrior (1975)
Dir. Robert Clouse
Feat. Max von Sydow, Yul Brynner
Post–Armageddon tale with Max Von Sydow as a tyrannical dictator and Yul Brynner a rebel street–fighter.
3 Days of the Condor3 Days of the Condor (Three Days of the Condor) (1975)
Dir. Sydney Pollack
Feat. Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson
A polished thriller from the heyday of the 70s conspiracy genre, with Robert Redford as the hunted CIA operative who knows 'too much'. Going on…
Brass TargetBrass Target (1978)
Dir. John Hough
Feat. Sophia Loren, John Cassavetes, Robert Vaughn
A classic 70's all–star cast feature in this post–World War II suspense film that suggests that the German automobile crash involving…
Flash GordonFlash Gordon (1980) Recommended
Dir. Michael Hodges
Feat. Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Topol
Max Von Sydow's Ming the Merciless only has one thing in his way of universal domination – that blasted quarterback from the New York Jets!…
VictoryVictory (Escape to Victory) (1981) Recommended
Dir. John Huston
Feat. Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, Max von Sydow
Implausible yet jolly entertaining WWII story has a soccer team of assorted POWs attempting to escape a Paris stadium during a match against the Nazi…
DreamscapeDreamscape (1984)
Dir. Joseph Ruben
Feat. Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer
Psychic Dennis Quaid treks through the dreams and nightmares of others, ultimately confronting the nihilistic visions of the President. Works well…
Samson and DelilahSamson and Delilah (1984)
Dir. Lee Philips
Feat. Antony Hamilton, Belinda Bauer, Max von Sydow
Made–for–TV Old Testament epic centred on the classic Biblical tale of power, persuasion, and love between a Hebrew strongman and a…
Pelle the ConquerorPelle the Conqueror (1987) Recommended
Dir. Bille August
Feat. Max von Sydow
Swedish widower Max Von Sydow emigrates in the 19th century to Denmark with his son, where they struggle against injustice and poverty. Won an Oscar…
Wolf at the Door, The (1987)
Dir. Henning Carlsen
Feat. Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow
Thoughtful biopic of painter Paul Gauguin’s middle–years, with Donald Sutherland contending with the philistines of Paris upon his return…
Red King, White KnightRed King, White Knight (1989)
Dir. Geoff Murphy
Feat. Tom Skerritt, Max von Sydow, Helen Mirren
Tough HBO telemovie places Mikhail Gorbachev at the centre of an assasination plot; Skerritt and von Sydow, CIA and KGB agents respectively, must put…
FatherFather (1990)
Dir. John Power
Feat. Max von Sydow, Julia Blake, Carol Drinkwater
Compelling drama has a daughter reeling from the revelation that her gentle father may have been a Nazi. Somewhat subtler than THE MUSIC BOX.
Kiss Before Dying, AKiss Before Dying, A (1991)
Dir. James Dearden
Feat. Matt Dillon, Sean Young, Max von Sydow
Handsome remake of the 1956 thriller stars Matt Dillon as an ambitious young sicko who charms and murders his way into a powerful family. Sean Young…
Best IntentionsBest Intentions (1992)
Dir. Bille August
Feat. Samuel Froler, Pernilla August, Max von Sydow
Sincere, meticulous yet characteristically bleak adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's biographical account of his parents' turbulent courtship and…
Needful ThingsNeedful Things (1993) Recommended
Dir. Fraser C. Heston
Feat. Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Amanda Plummer
This Faustian tale has Max Von Sydow (ironically) cast as the devil who trades special goods for diabolic favours. Stephen King's rambling novel…
Citizen XCitizen X (1995)
Dir. Chris Gerolmo
Feat. Stephen Rea, Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow
A suitably disturbing account of the world's most prolific serial killer, Viktor Burakov, a man whose eight year, 52–victim reign of terror…
Snow Falling On CedarsSnow Falling On Cedars (1998)
Dir. Scott Hicks
Feat. Ethan Hawke, Sam Shepard, Max von Sydow
The seemingly perfect conjunction of David Guterson's best–selling novel and dir. Hicks (SHINE), results in a technically magnificent, but…
NurembergNuremberg (2000)
Feat. Alec Baldwin, Jill Hennessy, Brian Cox
This two part miniseries follows the Chief Prosecutor through the Nuremberg Trials of 1945–46.
IntactoIntacto (2001) Aro Favourite
Dir. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Feat. Max von Sydow, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Guillermo Toledo
A finely devised Spanish thriller, in which particularly obsessed gamblers contest their 'Luck' in various absurd, dangerous and creepy…
SleeplessSleepless (Non ho Sonno) (2001)
Dir. Dario Argento
Feat. Max von Sydow, Stefano Dionisi, Chiara Caselli
A welcome return to his 'giallo' roots by dir. Argento, turning a tangled tango between a serial–killer and recently–retired detective…
Minority ReportMinority Report (2002) Aro Favourite
Dir. Steven Spielberg
Feat. Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Max von Sydow
An exhilarating science fiction thriller that lavishly realizes (and embellishes) a Philip K. Dick short story with the corporate muscle and…
Autumn HeartsAutumn Hearts (Emotional Arithmetic) (2009)
Dir. Paolo Barzman
Feat. Susan Sarandon, Christopher Plummer, Gabriel Byrne
Drama focused on three Holocaust survivors who spent time together at the Drancy internment camp and re–unite decades after their…
Solomon KaneSolomon Kane (2009)
Dir. Michael J. Bassett
Feat. James Purefoy, Max von Sydow, Pete Postlethwaite
Conan creator Robert E. Howard's pulpy fantasy gets a suitably bloody adaptation with James Purefoy donning the boots to star as the hell–bound…
Shutter IslandShutter Island (2010)
Dir. Martin Scorsese
Feat. Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley
Martin Scorsese’s latest is an intensely atmospheric, if overly confounding psychological thriller, set on a remote island which is home to shadowy…
Robin HoodRobin Hood (2010)
Dir. Ridley Scott
Feat. Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Max von Sydow
Reuniting GLADIATOR director Ridley Scott with star Russell Crowe, this brawnier, grittier update of the Sherwood forest legend surveys the origins…
Moomins and the Comet ChaseMoomins and the Comet Chase (2010)
Dir. Maria Lindberg
Feat. Max von Sydow, Alexander Skarsgard, Stellan Skarsgard
Tove Jansson's beloved creatures get an animated outing as Moomintroll and his friends rush to save everyone in Moomin Valley from a ferocious comet.…
Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)
Dir. Stephen Daldry
Feat. Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn
The grief and curiosity of a nine–year–old autistic boy is explored in this tough, but tender drama set in the aftermath of the September…
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force AwakensStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Recommended
Dir. J.J. Abrams
Feat. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac
A triumphant return to a a galaxy far, far away – and one that seemed further away after the prequels – is thrillingly directed by reboot…
KurskKursk (2019)
Dir. Thomas Vinterberg
Feat. Matthias Schoenaerts, Léa Seydoux, Colin Firth
Naval drama follows the 2000 K–141 Kursk submarine disaster and the governmental negligence that followed. As the sailors fight for survival,…

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