Television, 1979

Fårö Document 1979

10 years on, families of farmers and fishermen talk about life on Fårö then and now in this independent sequel to Bergman's Fårö Document 1969.
"Just after nine o'clock in the evening on Christmas Eve (a traditional time for peace and quiet) we were shown the macabre slaughter of a pig as part of Ingmar Bergman's television programme from Fårö."
Arvid Hallström in Nordvästra Skånes Tidningar

About the film

Ingmar Bergman on the genesis of the film in an interview in Röster i Radio-TV: 

Fårö Document 1979 [...] is dedicated to the inhabitants of Fårö. Fårö Document was shown ten years ago, and this film is a follow-up of what was filmed then.

'Even then I had a feeling that we shouldn't let this be a one-off,' says Ingmar Bergman. 'Both Sven Nykvist and I felt that we still had plenty to do. The first film was made over a very short period, six weeks in the early spring of 1969. The big project never materialised, and for various reasons we were forced to shelve it.'

During the summer of 1976 Ingmar Bergman spent six weeks at his house on Fårö, and it was then that his plans were revived. Together with Arne Carlsson, a man born and bred on Fårö and Bergman's stills photographer of many years' standing, he started to sketch out the film. Arne Carlsson, who has learnt his craft a cinematographer from Sven Nykvist, proposed contrasting the crowded beaches at Sudersand in the summer with its total emptiness at other times of the year.

'Arne and I both thought that the schizophrenia surrounding Fårö was something worth documenting,' says Ingmar Bergman.


Sources of inspiration 

Bergman in Images: My Life in Film

'My community spirit lies in Fårö. Since my childhood I've felt rootless wherever I happen to have been. It was only when I first went to Fårö in 1960 and moved there 13 years ago that I felt at home somewhere in the world. That's where my roots are, where I feel that I belong. When I've finished my work down here [in Munich], or finished my work full stop, then I'll go back there and become a Fårö man.'


Shooting the film 

Ingmar Bergman interviewed some forty or so Fårö residents, Arne Carlsson filmed them and was given the job –as a resident of Fårö whose roots then went back several generations – of seeking out and filming interesting places and buildings. By the end, they had shot 32 kilometres of film, the equivalent of forty-four hours of viewing.


Epilogue 

Bergman on the editing process in Images: My Life in Film

Towards the end of the summer, Sylvia Ingemarsson and I started to edit and sort the vast amount of material. In order to set a theme, we worked around the four seasons and made four acts. We started with spring and ended with winter, using that method to compile the film. It turned out to be four hours long, quite lengthy for a documentary. But it takes time to create the right gravitas and power. You shouldn't just rush past these people.

Sources

  • The Ingmar Bergman Archives.
  • Ingmar Bergman, Images: My Life in Film.
  • Röster i Radio-TV, nr 52, 1979.

Collaborators

  • Richard Östman
  • Ulla Silfvergren
  • Annelie Nyström
  • Valter Broman
  • Per Broman
  • Irene Broman
  • Inge Nordström
  • Annika Liljegren
  • Arne Eriksson
  • Adolf Ekström
  • Viktoria Ekström
  • Anton Ekström
  • Erik Ekström
  • Ingrid Ekman
  • Per Ekman
  • Per Nordberg
  • Gunilla Johannesson
  • Erik Hammarström
  • Herbert Olsson
  • Rune Nilsson
  • Joe Nordberg
  • Jan Nordberg
  • Rosa Olofsson
  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Lars-Owe Carlberg, Administration
  • Daniel Bergman, Gaffer
  • Arne Carlsson, Director of Photography
  • Sylvia Ingemarsson, Film Editor
  • Lars Persson, Production Mixer
  • Lars Lundberg, Production Mixer
  • Thomas Samuelsson, Production Mixer
  • Nils Melander, Color Timer
  • Owe Svensson, Re-recording Mixer
  • Conrad Weyns, Re-recording Mixer
  • Svante Pettersson, Music Composer
  • Sigvard Hult, Music Composer
  • Siv Lundgren, Other Crew
  • Peder Langenskiöld, Other Crew
  • Robert Herlitz, Other Crew