Top 5: Films of Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman, Swedish stage and film director. Photo: Taken during the production of Wild Strawberries  (1957) by Louis Huch (1896–1961)

October, 2016
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J.C.Phillips
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Ingmar Bergman, was a Swedish director, writer and producer, was born on July 14th 1918 and died July 30th, 2007.  His work ranged from theatre, film and television and this depth of work influenced many filmakers. The main subjects of Mr. Bergman’s films are - loneliness, the subconscious, spirituality and death. The actor,writer and director Woody Allen was a devoted student of Mr Bergman’s work and said this upon his death:

“For me it was Wild Strawberries. Then The Seventh Seal and The Magician. That whole group of films that came out then told us that Bergman was a magical filmmaker. There had never been anything like it, this combination of intellectual artist and film technician. His technique was sensational.”

Ingmar Bergman truly made film an art form. Just like other great masters such as Van Gogh or Da Vinci, he took subjects that are poignant to the human experienence which made his films masterpieces.

If you have never seen Ingmar Bergman’s work, these are the top 5 recommendations:

  1.     Summer with Monika (1953)
  2.     The Seventh Seal (1958)
  3.     Persona (1966)
  4.     Cries and Whispers (1972)
  5.     Scenes from a Marriage (1973)

Source: ‘Woody Allen on Ingmar Bergman’ by Richard Corliss for Time Magazine

 

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