Ingmar Bergman discusses his love for film and his admiration for Alfred Hitchcock’s technical skill.
August 2, 1971 – Ingmar Bergman
Swedish film directorWRITTEN BYJohn Russell TaylorArt Critic, The Times (London); Film Critic, 1962–73. Professor of Cinema, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1972–78. Author of Cinema Eye, Cinema Ear: Some Key Film-Makers…LAST UPDATED: Jul 26, 2020 See Article HistoryAlternative Title: Ernst Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman, in full Ernst Ingmar Bergman, (born July 14, 1918, Uppsala, Sweden—died July 30, 2007, Fårö), Swedish film writer and director who achieved world fame with such films as Det sjunde inseglet (1957; The Seventh Seal); Smultronstället (1957; Wild Strawberries); the trilogy Såsom i en spegel (1961; Through a Glass Darkly), Nattsvardsgästerna (1963; The Communicants, or Winter Light), and Tystnaden (1963; The Silence); and Viskningar och rop (1972; Cries and Whispers). He is noted for his versatile camerawork and for his fragmented narrative style, which contribute to his bleak depiction of human loneliness, vulnerability, and torment. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Ingmar-Bergman
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The Touch: Ingmar Bergman’s most misunderstood masterwork?
Bergman’s little-seen English-language film starring Elliott Gould and Bibi Andersson, which charts the course of a doomed affair, earned mixed reviews on release in 1971 and was quickly overshadowed by his subsequent works – but it’s time to recognise it as a major entry in the director’s canon..
Karin Vergerus (Bibi Andersson) is a beautiful young Swedish woman and a seemingly happy wife and mother, married to Andreas (Max von Sydow), a very reserved surgeon. When David Kovac (Elliott Gould), an archaeologist from the United States, arrives in the area, Karin becomes strongly attracted to him and his inherent sense of freedom from mundane life. As Karin and David begin an affair, the two must contend with the effects that the romance has on their lives.
With his first English-language film, a critical and box-office disaster, Ingmar Bergman delivered a compelling portrait of conflicting desires. In The Touch, a chance encounter between seemingly contented housewife Karin (Bibi Andersson) and David (Elliott Gould), an intense American.
Max von Sydow on Ingmar Bergman
Max von Sydow was a Swedish actor. He had a 70-year career in European and American cinema, television, and theatre, appearing in more than 150 films and several television series in multiple languages. He became a French citizen and lived in France for the last decades of his life. Wikipedia
When disillusioned Swedish knight Antonius Block (Max von Sydow) returns home from the Crusades to find his country in the grips of the Black Death, he challenges Death (Bengt Ekerot) to a chess match for his life. Tormented by the belief that God does not exist, Block sets off on a journey, meeting up with traveling players Jof (Nils Poppe) and his wife, Mia (Bibi Andersson), and becoming determined to evade Death long enough to commit one redemptive act while he still lives.
The Worst Film Ingmar Bergman Ever Made
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Five Easy Pieces – Trailer – (1970)
Rejecting his cultured upper-class background as a classical pianist, Robert Dupea (Jack Nicholson) opts for a blue-collar existence, working in a California oil field and spending time with his waitress girlfriend, Rayette (Karen Black). But when Robert discovers that his father is gravely ill, he wants to reunite with his estranged family in the state of Washington. He and Rayette take a road trip that brings the two paths of his life to an uncomfortable intersection..