Monday, July 30, 2007

Ingmar Bergman, Dead at 89

From the AP:

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, an iconoclastic filmmaker widely regarded as one of the great masters of modern cinema, died Monday, the president of his foundation said. He was 89.

"It's an unbelievable loss for Sweden, but even more so internationally," Astrid Soderbergh Widding, president of The Ingmar Bergman Foundation, which administers the directors' archives, told The Associated Press.

...Through more than 50 films, Bergman's vision encompassed all the extremes of his beloved Sweden: the claustrophobic gloom of unending winter nights, the gentle merriment of glowing summer evenings and the bleak magnificence of the island where he spent his last years.

Bergman, who approached difficult subjects such as plague and madness with inventive technique and carefully honed writing, became one of the towering figures of serious filmmaking.

He was "probably the greatest film artist, all things considered, since the invention of the motion picture camera," Woody Allen said in a 70th birthday tribute in 1988...

As with any cinema artist, the best way to remember Bergman is to watch his films. If you get the chance, check out two of my personal favorites: The Virgin Spring (1958) - which was unofficially re-made as Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left (1972), and Persona (1966).

3 comments:

  1. i am officially pissed today.

    i'm glad you mentioned persona.

    that's my favorite.

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  2. Sad day for cinephiles. My personal favorite is CRIES AND WHISPERS, though THE SEVENTH SEAL and PERSONA come close. Be sure to see SARABAND, which is one of the "best" films ever made by an old man. It is a bittersweat film of old age.

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  3. speaking of great films made by old men, in his 70s bunuel made "the discreet charm of the bourgeousie", "the phantom of liberty", and "that obscure object of desire"

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