Thanks to a writing and directing career that spanned six decades—and produced more than 60 films in international theaters and on Swedish television—the name Ingmar Bergman has become a byword for probingly cinematic introspection. In the 50’s, I belonged to a critical cabal in New York labeled derisively by movie publicists as the Bergmaniacs. It Read More
One from the vaults:
A favorite SCTV sketch of ours spoofed Ingmar Bergman's cinematic style to great effect.
Get past the slightly broad humor of the introduction—the framing mechanism for the spoof is the regular SCTV "Monster Chiller Horror Theater," for which "Whispers of the Wolf" by "Ingmar Burgman" is the night's selection—and get to Read More
Ingmar Bergman, director of Smiles of a Summer Night, Seventh Seal and Scenes From a Marriage, among some 50 other films, died of unspecified causes at his home in Faro, Sweden at the age of 89, Swedish news agencies reported this morning.
The New York Times
Associated Press, via ABC Read More
If anyone had ever told me back in 1944 that a 26-year-old Swedish screenwriter
named Ingmar Bergman, who had just written his first screenplay (for Alf
Sjoberg’s Hets—Torment in the U.S.
and Frenzy in the U.K.), was destined
to become one of the dominant international auteurs of the second half of Read More
If anyone had ever told me back in 1944 that a 26-year-old Swedish screenwriter named Ingmar Bergman, who had just written his first screenplay (for Alf Sjoberg’s Hets- Torment in the U.S. and Frenzy in the U.K.), was destined to become one of the dominant international auteurs of the second half of the 20th century, Read More
Bored of The Ring
You’ll eventually need something akin to the Dewey decimal system to keep your Lord of the Rings DVD collection in order.
The Return of the King , the third installment of the boffo series based on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, comes in a handsome boxed set that includes all Read More
If Ingmar Bergman’s production of Ghosts , which played all too briefly at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, is to be his farewell to the theater-as he says it is-my urgent, selfish response is to beg him to change his mind. “Don’t leave us!” goes the cry of all those who know his magnificent contribution Read More
And so, to the moment the nation has been waiting for. Before announcing the proud winners of our 2002 Theater Awards, however, it is our solemn duty to state the rules according to the provisions set out in subsection 2(b), paragraph 52(e) of the Awards Committee Constitution. Thus duly noted, and, notwithstanding the exceptions contained Read More
Ingmar Bergman’s fabulous production of that great royal soap from 1800, Friedrich von Schiller’s Maria Stuart , is just about the most erotically charged theater we could wish to see. Some claim Mr. Bergman has overdone the sex. But you cannot overdo sex, not on a good day.
The renowned director-a master of female psychology, Read More
Henry Bromell’s Panic ,
from his own screenplay, is so much better than its plot sounds that it takes
its place as one of the revelatory viewing experiences of the new year. Alex
(William H. Macy) is a hit man with a midlife crisis so acute that he goes to a
shrink for relief. Sound Read More