Images: My Life in Film

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Ingmar Bergman’s career spanned forty years as he produced more than fifty films, many of which are considered classics. When he began this book, Bergman had not seen most of his movies since he made them. Resorting to scripts and working notebooks, and especially to memory, he comments, brilliantly and always cogently, on his failures as well as his successes; on the themes that bind his work together; on the relationship between his life and art. More clearly than ever before, Images allows us to listen to, as ...

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Overview

Ingmar Bergman’s career spanned forty years as he produced more than fifty films, many of which are considered classics. When he began this book, Bergman had not seen most of his movies since he made them. Resorting to scripts and working notebooks, and especially to memory, he comments, brilliantly and always cogently, on his failures as well as his successes; on the themes that bind his work together; on the relationship between his life and art. More clearly than ever before, Images allows us to listen to, as Woody Allen put it, Bergman’s “voice of genius.”

Following the success of his bestselling autobiography The Magic Lantern, the most influential film director of our time shares his wisdom and insig hts about himself and his cinematic work. Bergman's career spanned 40 years and produced over 50 films, many of which are considered classics. Over 200 photos.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In candidly discussing more than 30 of his movies, from Torment (1944) to Fanny and Alexander (1982) and more recent made-for-TV films, Swedish director Bergman offers a disarming glimpse into his private world. We learn that Wild Strawberries was a desperate, doomed attempt to justify himself to his ``mythologically oversized parents'' who had cruelly punished him as a child, while Through A Glass Darkly reflects his confused, noncommunicative marriage to Kabi Laretei. Bergman also divulges his numbing fear of death and ironically frequent thoughts of committing suicide. For each film discussed, he pinpoints its essential themes, relates on-set anecdotes and trenchantly analyzes what he sees as its strengths and failings. Excerpts from his workbooks, plus film stills and photographs round out a self-portrait that will captivate fans. (Jan.)
Booknews
After rescreening all his films, Swedish director Ingmar Bergman attempts to "account for the sources" of his creations. As much autobiographical as it is a criticism of his own work. A nice complement to his autobiography The Magic Lantern. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Kirkus Reviews
Warmly appealing, indispensable review of all his films by Swedish filmmaker Bergman as he sits down to look at each one, many of which he's not seen for 30 or 40 years. Bergman begins by dismissing 1973's Bergman on Bergman—in which he answered questions put to him by three Swedish interviewers—as being full of defensive lies by himself. Fans familiar with that work may be put off by the early pages here, as well as by other stretches, which wobble with head-stuff and as writing are inferior to the more keenly detailed verbalizations in the earlier work the director now intends to outstrip. Today's Bergman has less to say about the nuts and bolts of his filmmaking, focusing instead on motives for his screenplays and on how he wove threads of his own character through different characters from film to film. His strongest moments come when pointing out his failures, fears, and shortsightedness in various works, huge humiliations he brought on himself by not following his first instincts—sometimes by settling too quickly for a smooth surface, at other times by deluding himself for years that he'd created strong works (The Serpent's Egg, Shame, and others) that he now joins his critics in dismissing, at least in part—though not without the keenest eye for what went wrong and what seduced him into his delusions. One feels Bergman's pain as he edits his 312-minute Fanny and Alexander, filmed for Swedish TV, down to a three-hour theatrical release for the rest of the world. More amusing: his take on his famous trilogy, Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, and The Silence. Bergman now finds no reason to call it a trilogy: "It was a Schnaps-Id‚e...an idea found atthe bottom of a glass of alcohol...." One of the century's greats looks at the bugs under his rocks. All told, stronger than his autobiography, The Magic Lantern (1988). (More than 200 b&w photographs)
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One of our most acclaimed filmmakers turns the magic lantern of memory onto his movies, attempting to account for the sources of his creations, recounting the making of the films, & exploring the themes that bind them together. B&W photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611450415
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/17/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 695,222
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish director, writer, and producer for film, stage,
and television. He has few peers as one of the most renowned film directors in history.

Marianne Ruuth has published several novels and biographies in the United States. She works as a correspondent for foreign publications, mainly in France and Sweden. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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