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Ingmar Bergman



Regarded by many as one of the three or four most brilliant directors of the 20th century, Ingmar Bergman radically altered the nature and meaning of the motion-picture form, transfiguring a medium long devoted to spectacle into an art capable of profoundly personal meditations into the myriad struggles facing the psyche and the soul. Born Ernst Ingmar Bergman on July 14, 1918, in Uppsala, Sweden, he followed a brief 1938 military stay by attending Stockholm University. While there, he staged his first plays, among them adaptations of Macbeth, August Strindberg's Lucky Peter's Journey and Master Olaf, and Maurice Maeterlinck's The Blue Bird. In 1939, Bergman accepted the job of production assistant at the Royal Theatre (the Stockholm Opera), leaving school the following year to focus on stage work. By early 1943, he had begun work at the script department of Svensk Filmindustri, with his original screenplay for Hets (Torment) filmed by leading director Alf Sjöberg the following year. While remaining active in the theater, Bergman also continued his work in the film industry, and in the summer of 1945 he began directing his debut feature, Kris (Crisis), an adaptation of a drama by Leck Fischer. His next four films -- 1946's Det Regnar på Vår Kärlek (It Rains on Our Love), 1947's Skepp till Indialand (A Ship Bound for India), and 1948's Musik i Mörker (Night Is My Future), and Hamnstad (Port of Call) -- were all adaptations as well, although Bergman continued crafting original screenplays. In a sense, Bergman's career began in earnest with 1949's Fängelse (The Devil's Wanton), his first true auteur work. In addition to directing his own original script, the feature also marked the introduction of a number of Bergman hallmarks including his patented emotional complexity, a fascination with the dynamics of marriage, and a willingness to experiment with the motion-picture form and structure. Törst (Three Strange Loves), based on a screenplay by Herbert Grevenius, followed in 1949, but within months Bergman was filming Till Glädje (To Joy), another original effort again exploring a disintegrating marriage. In 1950, Bergman began shooting Sommarlek (Summer Interlude), his breakthrough effort. Told extensively through flashback, the film hones in on a number of the themes which would continue to recur throughout his oeuvre, including the loss of artistic identity, the demise of love, and the slow decay of life, all explored with a newfound confidence and grace. The political thriller Sånt Händer Inte Här (This Can't Happen Here) soon followed. Upon returning to work in 1952, he filmed the relatively lightweight Kvinnors Väntan (Secrets of Women) before turning to 1953's Sommaren med Monika (Summer with Monika). With 1953's Gycklarnas Afton (Sawdust and Tinsel/The Naked Night), Bergman made his next significant leap. His first period piece, the film was his bleakest work to date, drawing from the breadth of his major influences (particularly 1930s French films and silent German cinema) to create a newly mature and distinctive visual sensibility. The sense of freedom so dominant throughout Gycklarnas Afton remained for 1954's farcical En Lektion i Kärlek (A Lesson in Love). After 1955's Kvinnodröm, Bergman created his next masterpiece, the intricate romantic comedy Sommarnattens Leende (Smiles of a Summer Night). Having hit his stride, Bergman began work on one of his most famed efforts, 1957's Det Sjunde Inseglet (The Seventh Seal). The film which brought him international renown, it marked a turning point away from the romantic explorations of his earlier work toward an examination of the relationships of man to God and death, a theme which remained at the center of his work for many years to come.



Bergman's obsession with death continued in 1957's brilliant Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries), starring Victor Sjöström as an aging professor reminiscing about the disappointments which tainted his life. After the somewh

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
92% Liv & Ingmar
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Trespassing Bergman
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Medan staden sover (While the City Sleeps)
  • Screenwriter
2012
No Score Yet A Love Story
  • Himself (archive footage)
2007
89% Bergman Island (Ingmar Bergman - 3 dokumentärer om film, teater, Fårö och livet av Marie Nyreröd)
  • Actor
2006
92% Saraband
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2003
83% Light Keeps Me Company
  • Actor
2001
86% Faithless
  • Screenwriter
2001
No Score Yet Larmar och gör sig till (In the Presence of a Clown)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1999
82% Enskilda samtal (Private Confessions) (Private Conversations)
  • Screenwriter
1999
100% The Best Intentions
  • Screenwriter
1992
100% Sunday's Children
  • Screenwriter
1992
No Score Yet Dokument Fanny och Alexander (The Making of 'Fanny and Alexander')
  • Director
  • Actor
1986
91% Efter repetitionen (After the Rehearsal)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Karins Ansikte (Karin's Face)
  • Director
1984
100% Fanny & Alexander
  • Director
1982
56% Aus dem Leben der Marionetten (From the Life of the Marionettes)
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1980
23% The Serpent's Egg
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1978
91% Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1978
No Score Yet A Look At Liv
  • Actor
1977
80% Face to Face (Ansikte mot Ansikte)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1976
100% The Magic Flute (Trollflöjten)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1975
94% Scenes from a Marriage (Scener ur ett äktenskap)
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1974
No Score Yet Till Glädje (To Joy)
  • Director
1973
89% Cries and Whispers
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1972
56% The Touch
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1971
100% The Passion of Anna (En Passion)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1970
80% Riten (The Rite) (The Ritual)
  • Priest in confessional
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1969
73% Skammen (Shame)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1968
88% Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1968
88% Persona
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1966
17% För Att Inte Tala Om Alla Dessa Kvinnor (All These Women) (Now About These Women)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1964
92% The Silence
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1963
80% Nattvardsgästerna (Winter Light)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1962
100% Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1961
100% Secrets of Women (Kvinnors Väntan) (Waiting Women)
  • Street Character
1961
67% The Devil's Eye
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1961
94% Jungfrukällan (The Virgin Spring)
  • Director
  • Producer
1960
100% The Magician (Ansiktet)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1958
95% Wild Strawberries
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1957
92% The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1957
40% Kvinnodröm (Dreams) (Journey Into Autumn)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Man on train
  • Producer
1955
100% Smiles of a Summer Night
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1955
100% En Lektion i Kärlek (A Lesson in Love)
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1954
100% Sawdust and Tinsel
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1953
100% Summer With Monika (Sommaren med Monika)
  • Director
1953
100% Sommarlek (Summerplay) (Illicit Interlude) (Summer Interlude)
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet Sånt händer inte här (High Tension) (This Can't Happen Here)
  • Director
1950
100% Törst (Thirst) (Three Strange Loves)
  • Passenger on train
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet The Devil's Wanton
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1949
80% Port of Call
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1948
60% Musik i mörker (Night is My Future)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1948
No Score Yet Skepp till India land (A Ship Bound for India)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet Det regnar på vår kärlek (It Rains on our Love)
  • Director
1946
40% Kris (Crisis)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1946
83% Hets (Frenzy) (Torment)
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
1944

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