Ingmar Bergman’s Centenary

BERGMAN - ETT ÅR, ETT LIV Jane MAGNUSSON 2018 - 01:57

During a six-year period, in the mid-twentieth century, something unsurpassed happens. A lanky Swede, about to turn forty, enters a period of film production without precedent. Between 1957 and 1963 he directs some of the greatest classics in the history of cinema, produces a number of theatre productions for the stage and radio and directs also six TV films. In terms of contemporary filmmakers Ingmar Bergman remains largely unequaled.

DET SJUNDE INSEGLET Ingmar BERGMAN 1957 - 01:36

A knight, Antonius Block, and his squire Jöns return disillusioned from the Crusades to the hysteria of plague-infested fourteenth-century Sweden. On the shore Block encounters Death and, in one of the most effective reverse-angle exchanges ever filmed, challenges him to a game of chess, playing for time to perform one significant act in life. What is timeless about this existential passion play is the humanity of its characters, who seem to shun allegory like a kind of narrative death: Block, whom the Crusades took away from the real-the only proof of God – to the abstract, and torment; Jöns, cynical sensualist who articulates the void; Death himself, a picture of inconclusiveness; and the dreamer Jof and his wild-strawberry wife, actors traveling into light.

SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN Margarethe VON TROTTA 2018 - 01:39

He is considered the most important filmmaker of all time. In 2018 Ingmar Bergman would have turned 100 years old. On this occasion, the internationally known and well-respected German director Margarethe von Trotta approaches the work and the person of Ingmar Bergman, under whose film heritage talks to a new generation of filmmakers.

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