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Cult Vault #39: Antonio Campos on The Rite

Antonio Campos reveals why Swedish director Ingmar Bergman's 1969 film changed his life

Taken from the July 2013 issue of Dazed & Confused:

New York director Antonio Campos’s stylishly menacing latest, Simon Killer, will screen at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic this month as part of a complete retrospective of the work of hot indie production collective Borderline Films, which he runs with Sean Durkin and Josh Mond. For Cult Vault, he picks Swedish maestro Ingmar Bergman’s lesser-known
 The Rite (1969): 

“I saw The Rite in a Bergman doublebill in New York almost ten years ago. It changed my life. It doesn’t have the dreamlike, poetic quality or elegance associated with his filmmaking, but it’s simple, raw and direct. Bergman imbues a sensuality that makes everything alive. The power play between the four characters unravels beautifully. The final set-piece – a masked pornographic show performed for a censor in an unnamed country – remains shocking even now. The film will convince you that Ingrid Thulin was the most underrated (and sexiest) of all Bergman’s actors.”