Bergman Island (Ingmar Bergman - 3 dokumentärer om film, teater, Fårö och livet av Marie Nyreröd) (2006)

Bergman Island (Ingmar Bergman - 3 dokumentärer om film, teater, Fårö och livet av Marie Nyreröd)

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Legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman opens his soul to filmmaker Marie Nyreröd for a three-part documentary produced for Swedish television and offering the most intimate portrait of the director since Vilgot Sjöman's 1963 film Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie (a documentary which followed the making of Bergman's acclaimed 1962 chamber drama Winter Light). A longtime friend to her celebrated subject, Nyreröd teams with editor Kurt Bergmark to offer a three-sided meditation on Bergman that begins by … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Television
Directed By: ,
Written By: Marie Nyreröd
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On DVD: Jun 16, 2009
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Bergman Island (Ingmar Bergman - 3 dokumentärer om film, teater, Fårö och livet av Marie Nyreröd)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (6)

Compelling viewing for any fan of Swedish master Ingmar Bergman.

Full Review… | February 16, 2007
Variety
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At times, this could almost be the cineaste Cribs.

Full Review… | December 13, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
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An amazing portrait of the great filmmaker Ingmar Bergman in his later years.

December 6, 2006
New York Post
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Easily the world's most influential living filmmaker and one of the greatest in cinema history, Bergman reveals himself here in a manner previously available only through his movies.

Full Review… | December 5, 2006
Newsday
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An extraordinarily revealing documentary portrait of the Swedish director at his home on the desolate Baltic Island of Faro.

Full Review… | December 5, 2006
New York Times
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As little more than an extended interview, it remains hobbled by determinedly uninspired cinematography and a mundane televisual setup.

Full Review… | December 5, 2006
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Bergman Island (Ingmar Bergman - 3 dokumentärer om film, teater, Fårö och livet av Marie Nyreröd)

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[font=Century Gothic][color=black]"Bergman Island" is a documentary consisting mostly of interviews of famed director Ingmar Bergman at his Faro Island home where he filmed some of his most notable films and has lived for the past few decades. Also included is rare 16mm behind the scenes footage. Partially under discussion is how Bergman's early and personal life have influenced his films. [/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]It is almost impossible to get Bergman's lengthy career boiled down into a documentary with this short running time. It is informative but I think it would have fared best if it had focused on material that was less familiar like his theatre work which is most likely unknown to viewers outside of Sweden.[/font]

Harlequin68
Walter M.

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A deeply personal look into the genius of Ingmar Bergman who is a very secluded and reserved visionary auteur who lives alone on Faro Island. The film depicts several key elements and inspiration for Bergman's films and themes as well as his personal life and is truly a stunning and personal insight into the mind and even the fears of the man beneath the genius. I really enjoyed this documentary, as Bergman is one of the most gifted filmmakers ever in my opinion and is a superior story teller and one of the most fascinating Director's who ever lived. He will be sorely missed, yet his films remain and will continue to inspire for generations to come!

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

Super Reviewer

½

Note: I watched the ~80 minute version, rather than the full 3 documentaries.

Bergman Island mixes Bergman history, personal outlook, and self-criticism into one package. It's Bergman on Bergman in a largely effective reporter-on-subject study. His comments about himself are uncomfortably revealing at times, the honesty painted the picture of a flawed human.

What the film is painfully missing is outside interviews. While Bergman revealing himself is definitely interesting, it lacks the substance of stories and opinions from the people he worked and interacted with. Granted, Bergman was old when he did these interviews (he would die 4 years later), so maybe everyone it would have made sense to interview had preceded him? But I doubt it.

Even though the voices heard here are restricted to Bergman and the question prompts by Marie Nyerod, the 80-odd minutes pass fairly quickly. For those interested in Bergman, this is a good--if flawed--portrait.

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