Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ingmar Bergman

Today is the anniversary of the death in 2007 of Ingmar Bergman. Senses of Cinema has an article. Bright Lights Film Journal says,
Time and again, Bergman challenges our sense of both individual and collective identity (who are we and how do we live with others?) — ethical, political, and social considerations every bit as relevant to the current climate, modernist or otherwise, as any moment previously.

FilmReference.com has a lengthy list of resources and says,
His reputation can be traced to such diverse factors as his prolific output of largely notable work (40 features from 1946–82); the profoundly personal nature of his best films since the 1950s; the innovative nature of his technique combined with its essential simplicity, even when employing surrealistic and dream-like treatments (as, for example, in Wild Strawberries and Persona); his creative sensitivity in relation to his players; and his extraordinary capacity to evoke distinguished acting from his regular interpreters, notably Gunnar Bj√∂rnstrand, Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, and Liv Ullmann.

I have blog posts on the following of Bergman's films:

Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
Wild Strawberries (1957)
Brink of Life (1958)
The Virgin Spring (1960)
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Winter Light (1962)
The Silence (1963)
The Serpent's Egg (1977)

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