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Scenes from a Marriage Quotes

Scenes from a Marriage is a TV show that first aired in 1973 on Sveriges Television. Scenes from a Marriage completed its run in 1973.

It features Lars-Owe Carlberg as producer, and Sven Nykvist as head of cinematography.

Scenes from a Marriage is recorded in Swedish and originally aired in Sweden. Each episode of Scenes from a Marriage is 281 minutes (TV version) long. Scenes from a Marriage is distributed by Sveriges Radio (1973 broadcast).

The cast includes: Erland Josephson as Johan, and Liv Ullmann as Marianne.

Scenes from a Marriage Quotes

Erland Josephson as Johan

  • (Erland Josephson) "You need to put a lot of effort into not caring."
  • (Erland Josephson) "I don't know what my love looks like, and I can't describe it. Most of the time I can't feel it."
  • (Erland Josephson) "We're emotional illiterates. We've been taught about anatomy and farming methods in Africa. We've learned mathematical formulas by heart. But we haven't been taught a thing about our souls. We're tremendously ignorant about what makes people tick."
  • (Erland Josephson) "Affection shouldn't be kept just for vacations."

Liv Ullmann as Marianne

  • (Liv Ullmann) "Sometimes you ask such god**** silly questions."
  • (Erland Josephson) "Sorry. Are you angry with me?"
  • (Liv Ullmann) "I'm not angry, but I'm on the verge of tears. The trouble with me is that I can't get angry. I wish that for once in my life I could really lose my temper, as I sometimes feel I have every right to. I think it would change my life. But that's not the point. You spoke earlier about loneliness. That bit about being strong on your own. I don't believe in your gospel of isolation.I think it's a sign of weakness."
  • (Erland Josephson) "What's wrong, Marianne?"
  • (Liv Ullmann) "It's so -- humbling."
  • (Erland Josephson) "What's humbling?"
  • (Liv Ullmann) "I think about you -- and I think about myself and about the future. I can't see how you're going to cope without me. Sometimes I think in desperation, "I must look after Johan. He's my responsibility. It's up to me to make sure he's all right. That's the only our lives will be worthwhile.""
  • (Liv Ullmann) "I don't believe people are strong all on their own. You have to have someone's hand to hold."
  • (Liv Ullmann) "Sometimes it's like husband and wife are talking on telephones that are out of order."
  • (Liv Ullmann) "Sometimes it grieves me that I have never loved anyone. I don't think I've ever been loved either. It really distresses me."
  • (Liv Ullmann) "I felt inadequate at work and at home, and I was a washout in bed too. I was hedged in by all the griping and endless demands. god**** you. Was it so strange that I used sex for leverage? I was outnumbered, having to fight you, both sets of parents and society. When I think about what I endured, I could scream. I tell you this: never again. You sit there whining about conspiracies. Well, it serves you right. I hope you'll have it rammed down your throat that you're a useless parasite."
  • (Erland Josephson) "You're being utterly grotesque."
  • (Liv Ullmann) "So what? That's what I've become."
  • (Liv Ullmann) "We're pitiful, self-indulgent cowards that can't connect with reality and are ashamed of ourselves."
  • (Liv Ullmann) "Are we living in utter confusion?"
  • (Erland Josephson) "You and I?"
  • (Liv Ullmann) "No, all of us."
  • (Erland Josephson) "What do you mean?"
  • (Liv Ullmann) "I'm talking about fear, uncertainty and ignorance.Do you think that secretly we're afraid we're slipping downhill and don't know what to do?"
  • (Erland Josephson) "Yes, I think so."
  • (Liv Ullmann) "Is it too late?"
  • (Erland Josephson) "Yes. But we shouldn't say things like that. Only think them."
  • (Liv Ullmann) "Have we missed something important?"
  • (Erland Josephson) "All of us?"
  • (Liv Ullmann) "Yes --"

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