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‘Scenes From a Marriage’ Showrunner Hagai Levi on the HBO Remake: ‘Ingmar Bergman’s Spirit Was Keeping an Eye on Me’

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K.J. Yossman When it comes to exploring relationships, Ingmar Begman’s iconic television series-turned-movie “Scenes from a Marriage” is still as relevant today as it was when it first aired almost fifty years ago.

Which is why, when showrunner Hagai Levi (“In Treatment,” “The Affair”) was first approached about re-making the series by Bergman’s youngest son Daniel, he promptly said “Yes” before immediately wondering “What am I going to do?”The series plays out of competition at the ongoing Venice Film Festival.“’Why [remake it]?’ was the biggest question,” Levi tells Variety.The problem with the original, Levi confesses, is that he felt “quite alienated” from protagonists Johan and Marianne. “[Johan] is an asshole and he’s a chauvinist.

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