Legendary Director Ingmar Bergman dies at 89

Iconoclast filmmaker dies at home in Faro, Sweden

Ingmar Bergman, the “poet with a camera,” died in his sleep at his home in Faro, Sweden Monday at the age of 89. The director of such influential films as The Seventh Seal, Persona, Cries and Whispers, and Fanny and Alexander, Bergman was known for his literary sensibilities and existential ruminations. The director’s work has exerted a profound influence on filmmakers as disparate as Woody Allen, Lars Von Trier, and Wes Craven.

Bergman’s childhood and early career is outlined in potent detail in his autobiography The Magic Lantern. A precursor to the slide projector, Bergman acquired a magic lantern from his brother in trade for 100 tin soldiers. Citing his imagination as a refuge from the oppressive discipline of a Lutheran clergyman father and housewife mother, it’s rather poetic he should enter the realm of cinema by trading toys for visions. (Fanny and Alexander, about an upper-class family in Upsala before the First World War, is regarded as a loosely autobiographical portrayal of his youth).

Bergman on the set of Saraband

Bergman left his home at the age of 19 and got a menial job at the Royal Opera House. In 1942 the Swedish Film Industry hired him as an assistant scriptwriter. Torment (aka Frenzy or Hets), a script he wrote in 1944 was filmed by then dominant director Alf Sjoeberg and went on to win several awards including the grand prize at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival. Promptly thereafter, Bergman began his directorial career, producing an average of one film a year. When his comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) appeared in theaters he won international acclaim. Bergman also worked in television, directing everything from soap commercials to the monumental miniseries Scenes from a Marriage (1973).

Bergman frequently collaborated with such notables as Max von Sydow, , Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Ingrid Thulin, Erland Josephson, and especially Liv Ullmann, with whom he produced ten films and a daughter.

Bergman won Academy Awards for best foreign film in 1960 (The Virgin Spring), 1961 (Through a Glass Darkly) and 1963 (Winter Light). The latter two films were part of his “faith trilogy,” and it’s suggested the third in the series (The Silence) was too sexually suggestive to be considered for the Oscars. In 1972, two of his films, Persona and Wild Strawberries (1957), were included in Sight and Sound’s prestigious poll of critics as two of the 10 greatest films of all time. In 2005, Time Magazine called him the world’s greatest living filmmaker.

The Associated Press reports the filmmaker, director of 54 features, and 129 stage productions, never fully recovered from a hip surgery he had in October. His last film was 2005’s Saraband.

Bergman is survived by his nine children. Funeral services have not yet been announced but the Swedish Film Institute plans a memorial event for the month of August.

Tag Cloud

TBS Countdown dceu Tumblr OWN 45 Animation Biopics Creative Arts Emmys Horror doctor who Mudbound Character Guide docudrama Mindy Kaling 2018 Rocky 2016 Premiere Dates dramedy supernatural cops composers Sci-Fi dc Brie Larson nature crossover Trophy Talk Comedy blaxploitation RT History zero dark thirty NYCC Syfy technology Reality Esquire thriller TIFF Pet Sematary Drama Acorn TV WGN Spike television BBC Trivia Freeform Comic Book streaming Interview APB Rom-Com Paramount Network TruTV Apple ITV SDCC richard e. Grant Best and Worst Sony Pictures Mary Poppins Returns IFC Quiz Summer MTV 20th Century Fox Sneak Peek Mary Tyler Moore TLC CNN The Witch biography binge what to watch National Geographic YouTube Red Valentine's Day Set visit zombie cats Anna Paquin Western Pop Oscars USA Network anthology MSNBC GLAAD Super Bowl Epix Food Network Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic psychological thriller Watching Series casting crime DirecTV travel Warner Bros. sports based on movie cooking Cannes 2015 DC Universe Mystery Walt Disney Pictures Dark Horse Comics green book dragons Infographic MCU Awards Amazon Prime Elton John Martial Arts 24 frames Nominations Masterpiece medical drama social media Photos hist Cosplay harry potter Mary poppins Tomatazos talk show Disney Channel Captain marvel crime drama unscripted Pirates BBC America TV science fiction GoT Ghostbusters NBC Britbox CW Seed teaser jamie lee curtis VICE FXX disaster Amazon Cartoon Network RT21 A&E X-Men Certified Fresh IFC Films Marathons elevated horror Superheroe justice league Ellie Kemper Film Festival Nickelodeon PBS Disney crime thriller Teen TCM finale Winners Adult Swim Country TV Land Hulu Song of Ice and Fire The CW LGBTQ Rock spy thriller Starz SXSW adaptation HBO golden globes Fox News YouTube Premium 2019 Marvel New York Comic Con Netflix Vudu Emmys festivals Rocketman discovery Pixar Star Wars robots Red Carpet Extras El Rey 007 Box Office Sundance Columbia Pictures Lucasfilm Trailer Shondaland GIFs diversity Fantasy Tarantino Sundance Now Music boxoffice Election ABC Family Universal Polls and Games Nat Geo Lifetime singing competition BET San Diego Comic-Con police drama President historical drama Calendar anime The Arrangement Musical DC streaming service AMC YA adventure Video Games Bravo FOX CMT mockumentary Spectrum Originals TCA 2017 cinemax theme song politics war miniseries natural history witnail Christmas E3 sequel Black Mirror Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt First Look Musicals psycho vampires CBS All Access Awards Tour Lionsgate Schedule Thanksgiving serial killer political drama Toys sitcom period drama award winner ABC Fall TV Year in Review Showtime Podcast mutant spider-man cults DC Comics Comedy Central Star Trek American Society of Cinematographers ratings Shudder SundanceTV Crackle Paramount TCA Reality Competition Kids & Family Writers Guild of America FX USA Women's History Month space strong female leads DGA See It Skip It transformers TNT romance Heroines true crime CBS PaleyFest facebook Winter TV Holidays Superheroes 2017 Spring TV aliens Grammys ESPN Stephen King History Ovation comiccon zombies E! 21st Century Fox Comics on TV Action Logo Opinion VH1