According to the interview with Ingmar Bergman, after the original TV mini-series version of the film was broadcast in Sweden, the divorce rate in Sweden increased substantially and the number of married couples who seek marriage consultants also doubled.
Bergman's original version (a near-five-hour TV series) was a huge hit on Swedish television. It was always the director's intent to reach a mass audience, but he was staggered by the reaction that it generated. He would find himself frequently accosted in the street by bickering couples, desperate for advice. Eventually, he had to change his phone number to escape from a constant barrage of entreaties.
Ingmar Bergman has given options to the actors and crews to choose between receiving salary or percentage share from the TV series profit. Liv Ullmann chose salary since the earlier movie Cries & Whispers (1972) of Bergman was financial failure, while Erland Josephson and other crews chose percentage share. Scenes from a Marriage (1973) ended up being internationally popular and financially successful. and according to the interview with Liv Ullmann, this was one of the things she regretted in her life.
The film was ruled ineligible for Oscar consideration because the longer mini-series version of it had already been telecast in Sweden.
Originally a six-episode TV series: 1. Innocence and Panic; 2. The Art of Sweeping Things Under The Rug; 3. Paula; 4. The Vale of Tears; 5. The Illiterates; 6. In the Middle of the Night in a Dark House Somewhere in the World. A total of 295 minutes were then cut down to 155 minutes.
Bergman's script for the (shortened) film version has been used for theatrical performances.
'Knots Landing' creator David Jacobs has stated that this film served an inspiration of the series that would run from 1979-1993 on CBS.
The original broadcast had not closing credits. Instead, Bergman simply told the audience off camera about the name of each cast and crew member while filming a scenic view.
Owen Gleiberman famously described the feature film 'Faithful' (1996) in 'Entertainment Weekly' as "an awkward hybrid of 'Deathtrap', 'Scenes from a Marriage', and a David Mamet bar-stool rant". The film director of 'Faithful', Paul Mazursky, had recently directed the movie 'Scenes from a Mall' (1991) whose title was a play on Ingmar Bergman's film 'Scenes from a Marriage' (1973). Moreover, the movie 'Deathtrap' (1982) starred actress Dyan Cannon, who acted in two Paul Mazursky directed movies - 'The Pickle' (1993) and 'Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice' (1969).