Join us as we celebrate the centennial of legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s birth with a two-month retrospective of several of his theatrical films, spanning four decades of filmmaking, all in stunning new digital restorations courtesy of Janus Films! Born in Uppsala, Sweden on July 14, 1918, Bergman grew up a voracious film buff, and from his university days an enfant terrible of the theater. He achieved his ambitions early, getting a screenplay, Frenzy, produced by Sweden’s top director and becoming the head of a major theater in Europe before he was 26 – and making his first film, Crisis, before age 28.
“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.” – Ingmar Bergman
Summarizing Bergman’s brilliant career in cinema would be impossible, but an overview would encompass his progression from tormented, sensitive male protagonists; to strong female leads; to a series of God-haunted works; to island-location “chamber” works; to powerful, scathing examinations of intimate relationships, with romantic comedies interspersed throughout; to the warmth and charm of his later films like Fanny and Alexander. Bergman’s work with his stock company – including Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Erland Josephson, Eva Dahlbeck, Ulla Jacobsson, Harriet Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann – made him one the greatest director of actors in the history of the medium, and his overall technical mastery, his brutal honesty and relentless search for truth have made him one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.