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.
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 MSNBC.com and reviewed movies on local radio.
Table of Contents
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