Ingmar Bergman 1918-2007

Having recently mentioned the “the northern Protestant miserablist” *ahem* I thought I’d note the news today of the death of legendary film-maker Ingmar Bergman and pull together some of the links out there – starting with the Ingmar Berman Foundation. Slate has a good compilation and the Guardian, natch, has a series of articles and Film Blog posts including a collection of links to film clips and, in particular, the critic David Thomson. And to The Seventh Seal..

And from Wild Strawberries

RIP Ingmar.

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  • Crataegus

    I quite like his style what a pity.

  • merrie

    Have a DVD of The Seventh Seal because I think it is one of the greatest films ever made.

    However, I went to an Ingmar Bergman festival and I wonder how many attendees went out and shot themselves – IB is lord of misery.

  • Gréagóir O’ Franclín

    Isn’t that the very same ‘Death’ who appeared in that other cinematic masterpiece ‘Bill and Teds Bogus Journey’.

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  • Token Dissent

    A superb director and writer, and it wasn’t all misery and long-shots of people crying in the dark. There was often beauty…before the inevitable isolation and doom.

    Peter Bradshaw’s article has moved ‘Winter Light’ to the top of my Need To Watch List. Would you folks who have seen it agree with Bradshaw that it is Bergman’s greatest film?

    Pete, I missed your Fellini/Bergman post. Aesthetically they were extremely different, but surely thematically they were often quite similar: religious doubt, alienation from your surroundings, sexual shenanigans?

    Richard Eyre interviewed on Newsnight argued that along with Samuel Beckett, Bergman’s work was the best artistic representation of the human condition in the 20th century. Those Post-Prods sour-faces sure made an impact…

  • susan

    I’ve always thought “Persona” was Bergman’s greatest film. Also his most beautiful. Then again….I’ve seen it eight or nine times, and never seen any of the others.

    It was enough.

    Thank you for all the links, Pete.

  • Token Dissent

    Susan – I shall seek Persona out, it looks and sounds superb. I’ve only seen Seventh Seal, Summer with Monika and Wild Strawberries, all highly recommended.

  • susan

    Cheers, TD — I think you’ll find it quite involving, as well as breathtakingly beautiful.

    Perhaps I’ll try to get my hands on “Summer with Monika.” The “Wild Strawberries” clip has quite frightened the hell out of me.

  • TLL

    A terrible loss. ‘Fanny and Alexander’ was always my favorite. Thanks for the post!