Background story: Ingmar Bergman and the shark from Jaws by John Bryson, 1975
Seven TV commercials by Swedish director Roy Andersson. According to Ingmar Bergman, these are the best in the world.
Everyone loves Bergman and there’s not a filmmaker today who has not been influenced by his work either directly or indirectly. Here’s a few of cinemas luminaries spouting off about him:
Lars Von Trier
Woody Allen (complete)
Each film, you see, has its moment of contact, of human communication: the line “Father spoke to me,” at the end of Through a Glass Darkly; the pastor conducting the service in the empty church for Marta at the end of Winter Light; the little boy reading Ester’s letter on the train at the end of The Silence. A tiny moment in each film but the crucial one. What matters most of all in life is being able to make that contact with another human. Otherwise you are dead, like so many people today are dead. But if you can take that first step toward communication, toward understanding, toward love, then no matter how difficult the future may be–and have no illusions, even with all the love in the world, living can be hellishly difficult–then you are saved. This is all that really matters, isn’t it? —Ingmar Bergman
PLAYBOY INTERVIEW: INGMAR BERGMAN
A candid conversation with Sweden’s one-man new wave of cinematic sorcery
Originally published in Playboy, June 1964 (PDF)
Ingmar Bergman: Essential Documentaries
Bergman’s last film from 2003. The characters from Scenes from a Marriage meet again after 30 years:
Faro Island Mystique (2004)
This 16 minute short features footage from films that Ingmar Bergman has shot at the Baltic island Faro. These films are Persona, Shame, and The Passion of Anna, their themes supported by the isolated island’s rocky shores, grey skies, and long winters.
Interviewed are Liv Ullmann, who lived on the island with Bergman for 5 years, Bibi Andersson, Erland Josephson, and Bergman biographer Marc Gervais. Bergman is seen in interview footage from the 1970 Canadian program Man Alive, and there are also color photographs of the island from Aldo Garzie.