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On The Passion of Anna
Ingmar Bergman

Translated from the Swedish by Marianne Ruuth

My philosophy (even today) is that there exists an evil that cannot be explained—a virulent, terrifying evil—and humans are the only animals to possess it. An evil that is irrational and not bound by law. Cosmic. Causeless. Nothing frightens people more than incomprehensible, unexplainable evil.
      The filming of The Passion of Anna took forty-five days and was quite an ordeal. The screenplay had been written in a white heat. It was more a description of a series of moods than a traditional, dramatic film sequence. Ordinarily I solved any anticipated technical problems immediately in the writing stage, but with this project I chose to deal with the problems during filming. I made this decision to some extent because of a lack of time, but mostly I felt a need to challenge myself . . .

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