Ingmar Bergman: Interviews

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 205 pages
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Although Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) holds an undisputed place in the pantheon of major filmmakers, mention of his name unjustly evokes images of monolithic gloom and despair. All of his pictures, including his comedies, deal seriously with faith, morality, and mortality, but audiences and critics too often neglect the extraordinary wit and vitality that can be found in Wild Strawberries, Scenes from a Marriage, Fanny and Alexander, and many others.

In Ingmar Bergman: Interviews, the director discusses various stages of his career and the many facets of his work. The man and his films are revealed to be funny, full of life, and surprising as well as thoughtful, complex, and profound. In interviews with important writers, critics, and filmmakers, including James Baldwin, Michiko Kakutani, John Simon, and Vilgot Sj man, Bergman describes a grand vision that justifies his affinity with Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Dostoyevsky. The volume begins with a 1957 piece, conducted just as he completed his early masterpiece The Seventh Seal, and ends in 2002, as he was preparing to direct Saraband, his latest film.

Raphael Shargel is associate professor of English at Providence College, where he teaches literature and film. From 1997 to 2006, he was film critic for the New Leader. He has also written about film for MSNBC.com and reviewed movies on local radio.

 

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Contents

Introduction
vii
Chronology
xxiii
The Tensions of Ingmar Bergman
3
Diary with Ingmar Bergman
21
Ingmar Bergman
35
For Me Film Is Face
48
Interview with Ingmar Bergman
61
Live at the Edge of a Very Strange Country
96
A Visit with Ingmar Bergman
113
Dialogue on Film
126
Ingmar Bergman at Work
140
Summing Up a Life in Film
156
For Bergman a New Twist on an Old Love
171
Encounter with Ingmar Bergman
190
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