#229 SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE. Socratic Screenwriter: Ingmar Bergman 1973

Marianne thinks she can drop the "horrible masks."Ingmar Bergman undoubtedly would like to be placed next to August Strindberg on history's shelf--but Henrik Ibsen shouldn't be too far away.Not to say that we can not distinguish between Scandinavian geniuses, but there definitely is such a thing as the Scandinavian genius when referring to theatre. Scenes from … Continue reading #229 SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE. Socratic Screenwriter: Ingmar Bergman 1973

#209 THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY Ingmar Bergman 1961

Bergman's appeal for me began rather simply.  As a typical ignorant youth who assumed that black and white films had very little to offer in terms of anything controversial or anti-establishment or... good ... my outlook was forced to change when I was dragged to a viewing of Through a Glass Darkly at the Cinematheque.  Here … Continue reading #209 THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY Ingmar Bergman 1961

#614 SUMMER WITH MONIKA Ingmar Bergman 1953 (some spoilers here)

The boys, from Truffaut's 400 Blows,  are admiring a pin-up of Monika, a bit of meta-praise from one master to another, and a succinct summary of the film's key energy.  "All of Bergman's films are but a manifestation of his theatrical eye," is what I said in writing about Sawdust and Tinsel.  Summer With Monika is no … Continue reading #614 SUMMER WITH MONIKA Ingmar Bergman 1953 (some spoilers here)