Ingmar Bergman's Universe

Anyone who has seen more than one Bergman film will recognise certain plot elements, settings, faces… Few artists have created their own individual universe through the use of recurrent themes, stylistic devices, settings and actors in quite the same way as Ingmar Bergman. Here is a guide to help you navigate these galaxies.

Bergman's Legacy

In the short history of cinema, Bergman is one of those proverbial giants, with what seems to be particularly broad shoulders to stand on.

In popular culture, part 1: Parodies

Few other filmmakers have fallen victim to as many spoofs of their work as Bergman. A somewhat dubious honour, perhaps, but an honour nonetheless!

Strindberg in Bergman

Exclusive essay by Professor Egil Törnqvist on August Strindberg's great influence on Bergman – and (in a manner of speaking) vice versa.

Film history according to Bergman

Having an interest in film is perhaps not so unusual for a filmmaker. In Bergman's case, however, 'interest' is a definite understatement.

Bergman and Visual Art

Egil Törnqvist sheds light on a neglected subject.

Egerman, Vogler & Co.

Many Bergman characters have the same name. Why? Well, who knows. But here's at least the full list!

Bergman in the Museum?

This presentation is in part a report by Thomas Elsaesser on his experience as the first Ingmar Bergman Professor, given as a lecutre at a Bergman symposium in Stockholm 2009.

Bergman Revisited

In collaboration with Wallflower Press, Face to Face here offers an essay by renowned Bergman scholar Maaret Koskinen. The text is the first contribution of "Ingmar Bergman Revisited", an anthology based on the Ingmar Bergman Foundation arranged symposium in Stockholm in 2005. Purchase the complete anthology at Wallflower Press.

Behind the Mirror

As subject matter, metaphors and symbols, mirrors abound in Bergman.

An unrequited love of music

Exclusive essay by Charlotte Renaud on Bergman's relationship to music.

The myth, the man

Ingmar Bergman's life and work are hard to differentiate, and that's putting it mildly.

Family Values

The family plays a central part in most Bergman films, but happy families are rare.

Angels and Demons

Bergman's own private demons are legendary.

Death and its Discontents

One hardly needs to have seen a Bergman film to know what Death looks like.

Art and Artists

The artist is the most ubiquitous of all Bergman's characters.

Bergman and Sweden

The relationship between Bergman and his country of birth was a complex affair.

Under an empty, cruel sky

Bergman was, to quote a phrase, the son of a preacher man.

Timeline

Ingmar Bergman’s extensive output includes around 60 films for cinema and TV, 172 theatre productions, approximately 300 writings and nine children. The following timeline provides a handy diagram of his life’s work.

  • Röd
    Movie
  • Gul
    Theater
  • Grön
    Writings
  1. 2007

  2. 2006

  3. 2005

  4. 2004

  5. 2003

  6. 2002

  7. 2001

  8. 2000

  9. 1999

  10. 1998

  11. 1997

  12. 1996

  13. 1995

  14. 1994

  15. 1993

  16. 1992

  17. 1991

  18. 1990

  19. 1989

  20. 1988

  21. 1987

  22. 1986

  23. 1985

  24. 1984

  25. 1983

  26. 1982

  27. 1981

  28. 1980

  29. 1979

  30. 1978

  31. 1977

  32. 1976

  33. 1975

  34. 1974

  35. 1973

  36. 1972

  37. 1971

  38. 1970

  39. 1969

  40. 1968

  41. 1967

  42. 1966

  43. 1965

  44. 1964

  45. 1963

  46. 1962

  47. 1961

  48. 1960

  49. 1959

  50. 1958

  51. 1957

  52. 1956

  53. 1955

  54. 1954

  55. 1953

  56. 1952

  57. 1951

  58. 1950

  59. 1949

  60. 1948

  61. 1947

  62. 1946

  63. 1945

  64. 1944

  65. 1943

  66. 1942

  67. 1941

  68. 1940

  69. 1939

  70. 1938

  71. 1937

  72. 1936

  73. 1935

  74. 1934

  75. 1933

  76. 1932

  77. 1931

  78. 1930

  79. 1929

  80. 1928

  81. 1927

  82. 1926

  83. 1925

  84. 1924

  85. 1923

  86. 1922

  87. 1921

  88. 1920

  89. 1919

  90. 1918

People in Bergman's circuit

Throughout his 60-odd-year career, Bergman had thousands of collaborators. Below is but a few; we'll keep filling it in as we go along.

Ingmar Bergman's places

The locations in Ingmar Bergman’s films play an important role, often serving as metaphors of inner emotional states. Here you will find information on the places where his films were shot, as well as where he chose to spend his days living and working.

Stockholm, Fårö, Skåne (Scania), Dalarna (Dalecarlia) and Munich.