Jul 30, 2007

Ingmar Bergman 1918-2007

Though the films of Ingmar Bergman are famous for their Nordic melancholy, it is a mistake to confine his work to this quality. His films evoked myriad emotions, from the wistful nostalgia in Smultronst√§llet/Wild Strawberries (1957) to the carnal comedy of Sommarnettens leende/ Smiles of a Summer Night (1955). He experimented fearlessly with images and storytelling, challenging the concept of how a narrative should unfold in masterpieces such as Persona (1966). In Ansiktet/The Magician (1958) and Jungfruk√§llan/ The Virgin Spring (1960), he reminded us how brutal a fairy tale could become as one marveled at its beauty. These few titles, from a career that lasted over a half century, are only a small sample of Bergman’s best works, but they point to the fact that his genius reflected a rich span of human emotion.

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