Scenes from a Marriage (American miniseries)

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Scenes from a Marriage
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Genre Drama
Based on Scenes from a Marriage
by Ingmar Bergman
Developed by Hagai Levi
Written by
Directed byHagai Levi
Starring
Music by Evgueni and Sacha Galperine
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes5
Production
Executive producers
  • Hagai Levi
  • Michael Ellenberg
  • Oscar Isaac
  • Jessica Chastain
  • Lars Blomgren
  • Amy Herzog
  • M. Blair Breard
  • Daniel Bergman
ProducerCarver Karaszewski
Cinematography Andrij Parekh
EditorYael Hersonski
Running time56–63 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original network HBO
Original releaseSeptember 12 (2021-09-12) 
October 10, 2021 (2021-10-10)

Scenes from a Marriage is an American drama television miniseries developed, written and directed by Hagai Levi produced for HBO and starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain. It is an English-language remake of the 1973 Swedish miniseries of the same name by Ingmar Bergman. It was presented at the 2021 Venice Film Festival and it premiered on September 12, 2021 on HBO. [1]

Contents

Premise

An adaptation of the 1970s Swedish miniseries focusing on contemporary American couples. [2]

Cast

Starring

Co-starring

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byTeleplay byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Innocence and Panic" Hagai Levi Hagai Levi and Amy Herzog September 12, 2021 (2021-09-12)0.224 [3]
2"Poli"Hagai LeviHagai LeviSeptember 19, 2021 (2021-09-19)0.133 [4]
3"The Vale of Tears"Hagai LeviHagai LeviSeptember 26, 2021 (2021-09-26)0.165 [5]
4"The Illiterates"Hagai LeviHagai LeviOctober 3, 2021 (2021-10-03)0.146 [6]
5"In the Middle of the Night, in a Dark House, Somewhere in the World"Hagai LeviHagai Levi and Amy HerzogOctober 10, 2021 (2021-10-10)0.154 [7]

Production

It was announced in July 2020 that HBO had given the miniseries a greenlight, with Hagai Levi writing and directing and Oscar Isaac and Michelle Williams serving as executive producers. [8] Upon the miniseries order announcement, Isaac and Williams were also cast to star. [8] Williams would be forced to exit her starring role in October due to a scheduling conflict, but would remain as an executive producer. She was replaced with Jessica Chastain. [9] [10] In November 2020, Sunita Mani was cast in a supporting role. [11] Nicole Beharie, Corey Stoll and Tovah Feldshuh would join in supporting roles in January 2021. [12]

Filming began in New York City in October 2020, [9] and was halted for two weeks in November after two production staff members tested positive for COVID-19. [13]

Release

The five-episode limited series had its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival in the out of competition category. [14] The limited series premiered on September 12, 2021 on HBO. [1]

Reception

Critical response

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 81% approval rating with an average rating of 7.50/10, based on 48 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Though Scenes from a Marriage's straightforward approach at times struggles to justify its existence, Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac's crackling chemistry and impressive performances are a sight to behold." [15] Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 70 out of 100 based on 24 critic reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". [16]

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per episode of Scenes from a Marriage
No.TitleAir date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1"Innocence and Panic"September 12, 20210.030.224 [3] TBDTBDTBDTBD
2"Poli"September 19, 20210.030.133 [4] TBDTBDTBDTBD
3"The Vale of Tears"September 26, 20210.030.165 [5] TBDTBDTBDTBD
4"The Illiterates"October 3, 20210.020.146 [6] TBDTBDTBDTBD
5"In the Middle of the Night, in a Dark House, Somewhere in the World"October 10, 20210.020.154 [7] TBDTBDTBDTBD

Accolades

YearAwardCategoryNominee(s)ResultRef.
2022
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Film Oscar Isaac Nominated [17]
Best Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Film Jessica Chastain Nominated
Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Best Music Supervision for a TrailerGregory SweeneyNominated [18]
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards Best Broadcast Network or Cable Limited or Anthology SeriesScenes from a MarriageNominated [19]
Best Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Limited or Anthology SeriesOscar IsaacWon
Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Limited or Anthology SeriesJessica ChastainNominated
Best Directing in a Broadcast Network or Cable Limited or Anthology Series Hagai Levi (for "The Illiterates")Nominated
Best Writing in a Broadcast Network or Cable Limited or Anthology SeriesNominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Oscar IsaacPending [20]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Nominated [21]

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