The Films of Ingmar Bergman / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- Cambridge University Press
This concise overview of the career of one of the modern masters of world cinema defines Ingmar Bergman's conception of the human condition as a struggle to find meaning in life as it is played out. After examining six existential themes explored repeatedly in Bergman's filmsjudgment, abandonment, suffering, shame, a visionary picture, and a turning toward or away from othersJesse Kalin shows how these themes are expressed in eight of his films, including well known favorites such as Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, Smiles of a Summer Night, and Fanny and Alexander. Other important but lesser known films covered include Naked Night, Shame, Cries and Whispers, and Scenes from a Marriage.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: The geography of the soul; Part I. The Films of the Fifties: 2. The primal seen: The Clowns' Evening; 3. The journey: The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries; 4. The great dance: Smiles of a Summer Night; Part II: Second Thoughts: 5. A dream play: Shame; 6. The illiterates: Cries and Whispers, Scenes from a Marriage, and the Films of the 1970s; Part III: A Final Look: 7. The little world: Fanny and Alexander; Afterwards: Biographical note; Bergman and existentialism: a brief comment; A note on Woody Allen; Appendix.