Ingmar Bergman: Interviews

Ingmar Bergman: Interviews

by Raphael Shargel (Editor)

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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 Sjöman, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578062188
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 05/01/2007
Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

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 and reviewed movies on local radio.

Table of Contents

Introduction     vii
Chronology     xxiii
Filmography     xxvii
The Tensions of Ingmar Bergman   Vilgot Sjoman     3
The Northern Protestant   James Baldwin     10
Excerpts from L136: Diary with Ingmar Bergman   Vilgot Sjoman     21
Playboy Interview: Ingmar Bergman   Cynthia Grenier     35
Ingmar Bergman: "For Me, Film Is Face"   Annika Holm     48
Ingmar Bergman Is Making a Film on Faro Again   Britt Hamdi     53
Interview with Ingmar Bergman   Lars-Olof Lothwall     61
Conversation with Bergman   John Simon     69
I Live at the Edge of a Very Strange Country   Richard Meryman     96
A Visit with Ingmar Bergman   A. Alvarez     113
Dialogue on Film$dAmerican Film Institute     126
Ingmar Bergman at Work   James Jacobs     140
Face to Face with Ingmar Bergman   William Wolf     148
Ingmar Bergman: Summing Up a Life in Film   Michiko Kakutani     156
For Bergman, a New Twist on an Old Love   Steve Lohr     171
Bergman's Best Intentions   Lasse Bergstrom     175
Face to Face with a Life of Creation   Alan Riding     183
Encounter with Ingmar Bergman   Jan Aghed     190
Index     201

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