Bergman Anecdotes is a compilation of stories about Ingmar Bergman, interviews with people who were close to the director. These short clips are produced to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of Bergman’s birth that takes place in 2018.

Former Press agent and Theatrical publisher Berit Gullberg on Fanny and Alexander and "The hand of God"...

Director and writer Stig Björkman about the infamous "anti-Ingmar Bergman issue" in Chaplin Magazine...

Bergman Anecdotes is a compilation of stories about Ingmar Bergman, interviews with people who were close to the director. These short clips are produced to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of Bergman’s birth that takes place in 2018.

The Ingmar Bergman Foundation releases pocket guide to the world of Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman A-Ö is a tribute to one of cinema’s true greats. It provides a quick and easy guide into the world of the Swedish film director, theatre man and writer who would have been 100 years in 2018.

A collection of 146 anecdotal trivia and unknown facts Ingmar Bergman A-Ö shows the many faces and facets of an artist who not only transformed the medium of lm through unforgettable works like The Seventh Seal, Persona and Fanny and Alexander, but also changed our view of human relationships and existence.

Both a recluse and a crowd-pleasing charmer, Bergman managed to keep the most private parts of his life out of public view. Ingmar Bergman A-Ö brings the reader a little bit closer to Ingmar Bergman the man, while providing a fun and highly acces- sible reminder of what makes his work great. The book is the first ever quick guide to his remarkable life and work.

Ingmar Bergman A-Ö will be released by The Ingmar Bergman Foundation and Norstedts in September 2017 to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of Bergman’s birth that takes place in 2018.

 

Ingmar Bergman, filmmaker, theatre director and author, is one of Sweden’s all-time leading creative forces. Born in Uppsala, Sweden, on 14 July 1918, Bergman will be celebrated the world over on the 100-year anniversary of his birth, with festivities beginning this autumn and continuing throughout 2018.

Yesterday the Swedish government publicly announced that the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, established in 2002 by Ingmar Bergman himself, will receive funding to co-ordinate and communicate the 100-Year Jubilee.

Alice Bah Kunke, the Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy, issued a press release stating, ‘Ingmar Bergman’s legacy constitutes an equally unique and wonderful part of our Swedish cultural heritage. The government will most certainly be increasingly involved throughout the Bergman jubilee celebrations.’

‘Through their contribution, the Swedish government demonstrates that the Bergman 100-Year Jubilee is a national affair, something for all. Which is precisely what it shall be,’ stated Jan Holmberg, CEO of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation.


#Bergman100 – Read more about how you can join in on the Ingmar Bergman 2018 celebrations!

Skrivet 30 Mar 2017

In memory: Lennart Nilsson

World-renowned photographer Lennart Nilsson passed away on 28 January 2017. Nilsson was best known for his book A Child is Born, which features ground-breaking images of the very start of life, quite revolutionary at the time the book was published in 1965. Nilsson also worked as a photojournalist, and struck up both a working relationship and friendship with Ingmar Bergman in 1960, when he photographed him during the production of The Devil’s Eye. Nilsson also captured many portraits of Bergman throughout the years, and a letter in which the two friends discuss this and many other things is kept in the Ingmar Bergman Archives. Lennart Nilsson was 94 years old at the time of his death.

Skrivet 30 Mar 2017

When Baldwin met Bergman

‘At a time when the very notion of choice is so menaced, and human life held so cheap, it is good to have an evangelist around, who, for all his inflations, errors, and limits, keeps insisting that men are responsible for what is happening to men.’*

Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro is currently playing at cinemas around the globe. Embarking on James Baldwin’s (1924-1987) writings, this film tells the tale of African-American history, with Baldwin’s sharp pen and intellect extending a long way, illustrating the present situation and potential future. Baldwin, a personal friend of assassinated civil rights campaigners Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X and the lesser-known Medgar Evers, was a political activist himself. Baldwin was a brilliant writer with a great interest in film, and his first-ever contribution to Esquire was an interview with Ingmar Bergman, a man to whom he expressed an affinity:

‘…I felt identified, in some way, with what I felt he was trying to do. What he saw when he looked at the world did not seem very different from what I saw.’*

James Baldwin and Ingmar Bergman met at the Filmstaden in Solna, Stockholm, in 1960. The Ingmar Bergman Archives contain a letter Baldwin wrote to Bergman before their meeting, in which he suggests a date and expresses his admiration of Bergman, even if the film he mentions was not, embarrassingly enough, directed by Bergman…

After this meeting, Baldwin was struck by the cold, bleak Swedish landscape, and considered it to offer an explanation for Bergman’s disposition:

 ‘I realized, with a small shock, that the landscape of Bergman’s mind was simply the landscape in which he had grown up.’*

This interview can be read in its entirety at Esquire Classic (requires a user account). For those of you who have yet to see I Am Not Your Negro, a crucial, revolutionising film experience awaits.

(*Esquire Classic, www.esquire.com)

Skrivet 15 Feb 2017

Bergman in Australia

Through a Glass, Darkly: The Films of Ingmar Bergman

The Australian Cinémathèque presents a selection of Bergman's key directorial works, at the Queensland Art Gallery, the 1-19th of March.

Ingmar Bergman (1918 – 2007) is one of the true luminaries of post-war European cinema. In a career lasting more than half a century, he crafted films with a passion and potency matched by few other directors. His films are known for their explication of deep religious concerns, their heartfelt understanding of the intricacies of human relationships, and for their arrestingly beautiful imagery. Bergman inspired countless filmmakers with his depth of vision and intelligence, yet the heart and power of his artistry remains inimitable.

This program includes a selection of Bergman's key directorial works that illustrate the development and breadth of his oeuvre. They are presented alongside a special screening of Victor Sjöström's The Phantom Carriage 1921, perhaps the single greatest influence on Bergman's cinematic output. The program also features Bille August's The Best Intentions 1992, a study of the relationship between Bergman's parents, and the documentary Trespassing Bergman 2013, wherein major cinematic figures discuss the enduring legacy of Bergman and visit his home on the Swedish island of Fårö.

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