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July 30, 2007

Ingmar Bergman 1918-2007

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  1. Ingmar Bergman is the legendary minimalist of SWEDEN. u will be missed

    Comment by robert — July 30, 2007 @ 4:24 pm

  2. Swedish angst will never never look so good again. How many photographers did he, and will influence through those extraordinary films?

    Comment by aled — July 30, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

  3. Bergman was the towering figure of cinema. Most people can’t manage to write one screenplay of the quality of his and he wrote them by the dozen. The best of his films were on par with great pieces of literature. Truly pieces of art, not just ‘good cinema’.

    To me one of the most impressive aspects of is work was that it’s quality didn’t diminish as he got older or more successful. He just got better.

    I would say his death was a huge loss, but the truth is that Ingmar Bergman will never die.

    Felicino di Giorgio

    Comment by Feliciano di Giorgio — July 30, 2007 @ 6:53 pm

  4. On the same day Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni passed away too.

    Comment by federico agostini — July 31, 2007 @ 7:47 am

  5. […] Bergman articles, photos from Times Topics (NYtimes) “How I take my walk depends on the winds,” he says. “I have staked out four different routes. In May-June I cannot walk on the shore; the birds are breeding and then it’s pure Hitchcock if you go near them.” A housekeeper comes in for three hours a day, cooking dinner according to a strict rotation. Bergman makes breakfast and lunch himself. “At three o’clock in the afternoon I watch films,” he says. He has his own movie theatre stocked with 4,500 video cassettes. And every year he chooses between 150 and 200 reels—real film reels—at the Film Institute, which are driven by truck down to Fårö. From On his handless clock (Clock image from Alec Soth) Francois Truffaut “His female characters are infinitely subtle, while his male characters are conventions. Orson Wells “He’s far more foreign to me than the Japanese.” Fellini called him a milk brother. Olivier Assayas “If I had to define where Bergman’s legacy is, I would say everywhere in French cinema.” From the view on Bergman Imagine it! Bergman! Dead! Wasn’t he my first vision of what it was to be an artist? (Spurious) Bergman saved his best work for the stage. Certainly everybody sitting in my row at the Edinburgh theater believed it, that night in the summer of 1986. (Michael Phillips) […]

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  6. 1982, when I was doing an internship with (?) a theater photgrapher, Ingmar Bergman was directing a piece at the Residenz Theater in Munich. He didn´t know me, I was just a young guy running around there, yet everytime we met, he was greeting me in advance. I´ll never will forget this present he made me.

    Comment by Zoltán — July 31, 2007 @ 1:28 pm

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