March 1, 2, 4 & 8, 2012, at the Aero Theatre
Master Swedish director Ingmar Bergman (1918 - 2007) wrote and directed more than 60 films in his lauded career and is commonly cited as a major influence on celebrated filmmakers from Stanley Kubrick to Andrei Tarkovsky to Woody Allen. The son of a Lutheran minister, Bergman’s work in theater - then film - reveals the enormous influence his strict, austere upbringing had on his sensitive personality. From his initial films in the late 1940s (especially pictures like THE DEVIL'S WANTON), he exhibited a keen awareness of the conflicts astir in the soul of the individual. These excavations into the human spirit in his work gave way to the omnipresent theme of internal torment manifested through all manner of behaviors - depressive, sexual, sometimes self-destructive, and always searching for meaning. As his repertoire of films expanded with such masterpieces as THE SEVENTH SEAL, THE MAGICIAN, THE VIRGIN SPRING and on through HOUR OF THE WOLF, PERSONA and later AUTUMN SONATA and FANNY AND ALEXANDER, Bergman became ever more incisive and rigorous in his study of the human psyche. He also collected a company of recurring collaborators, among them cinematographer Sven Nykvist and actors Max von Sydow, Liv Ullman, Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, and Erland Josephson. As Bergman wrote once, he saw in film “a language that literally is spoken from soul to soul in expressions that, almost sensuously, escape the restrictive control of the intellect.”
Join us for a retrospective of the works of Ingmar Bergman, which also includes screenings of WILD STRAWBERRIES and CRIES AND WHISPERS.
Series compiled by Gwen Deglise, Grant Moninger and Beth Hanna.