Ingmar Bergman: His Life and Films

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"He always is very, very close to the camera, and he is terribly inspiring. I don't know what his magic is, but it is something that makes you want to give everything you have. He has respect for actors and for everybody. A bad director very often doesn't have that respect." Liv Ullman's words about Ingmar Bergman hint at the consummate director he was, one who knew the business, the strengths and weaknesses of actors and crews, the arrangement of the set, the framing of the camera, and all other particulars of the fine art of directing. This ...
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About the Book "He always is very, very close to the camera, and he is terribly inspiring. I don’t know what his magic is, but it is something that makes you want to give ... everything you have. He has respect for actors and for everybody. A bad director very often doesn’t have that respect." Liv Ullman’s words about Ingmar Bergman hint at the consummate director he was, one who knew the business, the strengths and weaknesses of actors and crews, the arrangement of the set, the framing of the camera, and all other particulars of the fine art of directing. This work presents Bergman’s life and work, beginning with his youth in Uppsala, Sweden, and covering his formative years, his development as an artist, and his career as a world-renowned director. A brief synopsis for each of Bergman’s films is provided, with such information as producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, art director, music sound credits, running time, casts, Bergman’s own comments, and the reactions of critics. Read more Show Less

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"He always is very, very close to the camera, and he is terribly inspiring. I don't know what his magic is, but it is something that makes you want to give everything you have. He has respect for actors and for everybody. A bad director very often doesn't have that respect." Liv Ullman's words about Ingmar Bergman hint at the consummate director he was, one who knew the business, the strengths and weaknesses of actors and crews, the arrangement of the set, the framing of the camera, and all other particulars of the fine art of directing. This work presents Bergman's life and work, beginning with his youth in Uppsala, Sweden, and covering his formative years, his development as an artist, and his career as a world-renowned director. A brief synopsis for each of Bergman's films is provided, with such information as producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, art director, music sound credits, running time, casts, Bergman's own comments, and the reactions of critics

Author Biography: Writer Jerry Vermilye lives in New York, New York.

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Writer Jerry Vermilye explores noted film director Ingmar Bergman's life and work. Starting with his youth in Uppsala, Sweden, he covers Bergman's formative years, his development as an artist, and his career as a innovative director who specialized in darkly psychological films and had a dedicated group of actors that appeared in many of his works. He discusses how Bergman knew the film business, the strengths and weaknesses of his actors and crews, the arrangement of the set, the framing of the camera, and all other particulars crucial to the art of directing. The second half of the volume contains a brief synopsis of each film with information such as producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, art director, music sound credits, running time, casts, Bergman's own comments, and critical comments, Includes many b&w photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786429592
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/15/2006
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Writer Jerry Vermilye is also an actor and lives in New York City. He is the author of Buster Crabbe (2008).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
I Man and Artist
The Formative Years 1
The Making of an Artist 9
Another Beginning 27
Exile 40
The Last Film? 45
II The Films
Crisis (1946) 51
It Rains on Our Love/Man with an Umbrella (1946) 53
Frustration/The Land of Desire/A Ship Bound for India/A Ship to India (1947) 56
Night Is My Future/Music in Darkness (1948) 58
Port of Call (1948) 61
The Devil's Wanton/Prison (1949) 63
Three Strange Loves/Thirst (1949) 66
To Joy (1950) 69
High Tension/This Doesn't Happen Here/This Can't Happen Here (1950) 71
Illicit Interlude/Summer Interlude (1951) 73
Secrets of Women/Waiting Women (1952) 76
Monika/Summer with Monika (1953) 78
The Naked Night/Sawdust and Tinsel (1953) 81
A Lesson in Love (1954) 84
Dreams/Journey into Autumn (1955) 86
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) 90
The Seventh Seal (1957) 92
Wild Strawberries (1957) 95
Brink of Life/So Close to Life (1958) 99
The Magician/The Face (1958) 101
The Virgin Spring (1960) 104
The Devil's Eye (1960) 107
Through a Glass Darkly (1961) 110
Winter Light/The Communicants (1962) 113
The Silence (1963) 116
All These Women/Now About These Women (1964) 119
(1966) 122
episode "Daniel" (1967) 125
Hour of the Wolf (1968) 125
Shame/The Shame (1968) 128
The Ritual/The Rite (1969) 131
The Passion of Anna/A Passion (1969) 133
The Faro Document (1970) 135
The Touch (1971) 136
Cries and Whispers (1972) 139
Scenes from a Marriage (1973) 142
The Magic Flute (1975) 145
Face to Face (1976) 148
The Serpent's Egg/Ormens Agg (1977) 151
Autumn Sonata/Hostsonaten (1978) 154
Faro Document 1979/Faro 79 (1979) 157
From the Life of the Marionettes (1980) 159
Fanny and Alexander (1982) 161
After the Rehearsal (1984) 165
The Making of Fanny and Alexander (1986) 168
In the Presence of a Clown (1997) 169
Appendix 171
Bibliography 173
Index 175
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