INGMAR BERGMAN REMEMBERED, Part II
March 15 - April 28
With Ingmar Bergman's death in the summer of 2007, the world lost one of the greatest artists in the history of cinema. His filmography numbers over 60 works, most of them fairly described as "great" and many of them landmarks in film history, representing the pinnacle of sustained work by a master at his craft.
The second part of AFI Silver's Bergman retrospective focuses on his films from the 1960s, which include some of his most psychologically acute works - as well as many of his most experimental and challenging ones, none more so than the landmark PERSONA. Harriet Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Bjöernstrand and Max von Sydow all continue to shine in various roles, now joined by Liv Ullmann, arguably Bergman's greatest actress. All films were shot by the master cinematographer Sven Nykvist.
Look for the third and final part of the Bergman retrospective at the end of the year.
All films in Swedish with English subtitles unless otherwise noted.
Member passes will be accepted for all films in the Bergman series.
THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY
[Såsom i en spegel]
The first in Bergman's "God and Man" trilogy of chamber dramas, the film won the Best Foreign Language Picture Oscar and was nominated for its screenplay. During a family's island summer holiday, schizophrenic daughter Harriet Andersson (giving perhaps the greatest single performance in all of Bergman's films) experiences her last moments of good cheer and lucidity before descending into outright madness. Her crumbling is brought on when she discovers her novelist father has used her illness as raw material.
DIR/SCR Ingmar Bergman; PROD Allan Ekelund. Sweden, 1961, b&w, 89 min. NOT RATED
Saturday, March 15, 3:00; Sunday, March 16, 1:00; Tuesday, March 18, 7:00; Wednesday, March 19, 9:45; Thursday, March 20, 7:00
A day in the life of rural pastor Gunnar Bjöernstrand battling with his own loss of faith - through the sparsely attended morning services, his failure to comfort a suicidal, counsel-seeking Max von Sydow, his anguished encounter with mistress Ingrid Thulin and finally an evening high mass. The second film in the "God and Man" trilogy features Bergman's most direct engagement with theology - implying that any affair of "Man" will necessarily find itself a long way from "God."
DIR/SCR Ingmar Bergman; PROD Allan Ekelund. Sweden, 1962, b&w, 81 min. NOT RATED
Saturday, March 15, 5:00; Monday, March 17, 7:00; Tuesday, March 18, 9:00; Thursday, March 20, 9:00
The last of the "God and Man" trilogy, this sexually provocative portrait of two women's frayed personalities prefigures Bergman's masterpiece PERSONA. Forced to disembark from their train in a foreign country seemingly on the brink of war, sisters Ingrid Thulin and Gunnel Lindblom, along with Lindblom's young son Jorgen Lindstrom, take residence in the strangely vacant Hotel Europa. Here, the two sisters' tense relationship begins to unravel.
DIR/SCR Ingmar Bergman. PROD Allan Ekelund. Sweden, 1963, b&w, 96 min. NOT RATED
Saturday, March 22, 1:30; Sunday, March 23, 5:00; Wednesday, March 26, 9:00
This landmark film, startling and provocative in its ideas, stands out as the pinnacle of Bergman's career. Nurse Bibi Andersson's cheery efforts to communicate with actress Liv Ullmann, mute and semi-catatonic after an onstage nervous breakdown, give way to deeply personal confessions. Andersson's riveting monologue of a long-ago sexual encounter, "one of the rare, truly erotic sequences in movie history" (critic Pauline Kael) leads to an even more intense transaction between her and the watchful actress.
DIR/SCR/PROD Ingmar Bergman. Sweden, 1966, b&w, 83 min. NOT RATED
Saturday, March 22, 7:00; Sunday, March 23, 3:05; Tuesday, March 25, 7:00; Wednesday, March 26, 7:00; Thursday, March 27, 9:05
HOUR OF THE WOLF
Holed up together in a tiny cabin on a remote island, sensitive artist Max von Sydow recounts stories from his past to pregnant wife Liv Ullman. As the stories become increasingly lurid, Ullman begins to wonder if these are real memories or nightmares. And whether the strange people von Sydow claims to have met on the other side of the island, a baron and his family, really exist, or are just his hallucinations. But then Ullman meets the baron...Gothic horror meets modern psychodrama in this unnerving and underrated masterpiece.
DIR/SCR Ingmar Bergman; PROD Lars-Owe Carlberg. Sweden, 1968, b&w, 90 min. NOT RATED
Saturday, March 29, 3:10; Sunday, March 30, 5:30; Tuesday, April 1, 7:00; Wednesday, April 2, 9:35
Bergman;s existenial study of life during wartime begins like a chamber drama, with husband-and-wife classical musicians Max von Sydow and Liv Ullman ensconced in a country farmhouse, quietly waiting out the far-off events of an unnamed war. But then the war comes to them, changing everything around them, inside them and between them. As control of their village alternates from one army to the other, von Sydow and Ullman do what they must simply to survive—with soul-destroying cosequences.
DIR/SCR Ingmar Bergman; PROD Lars-Owe Carlberg. Sweden, 1968, b&w, 103 min. RATED R
Friday, March 28, 9:20; Saturday, March 29, 9:20; Sunday, March 30, 9:20; Tuesday, April 1, 9:00; Thursday, April 3, 9:20
THE PASSION OF ANNA
With its postmodern collage (compared to PERSONA's focused high modernism), this film enjoys cult status as one of Bergman's unique and most experimental works. On the island of Fårö, reclusive Max von Sydow becomes involved with high-strung widow Liv Ullmann and cynical couple Bibi Andersson and Erland Josephson. The foursome trade barbs and innuendos at a drunken dinner party. Bergman periodically intercuts the narrative with direct-to-the-camera interviews of the actors discussing their characters, creating a meditation on identity and its dramatic representation.
DIR/SCR Ingmar Bergman; PROD Lars-Owe Carlberg. Sweden, 1969, color, 101 min. RATED R
Sunday, April 6, 8:30; Monday, April 7, 9:15
CRIES AND WHISPERS
[Viskningar och rop]
"A self-portrait (in composite) of the great beloved of my childhood." - Ingmar Bergman
Amid the blood-red backgrounds of a turn-of-the-century mansion, Liv Ullmann and Ingrid Thulin keep a death-watch over spinster sister Harriet Andersson. Flashbacks tell of disappointed lives, meaningless marriages and sisterly conflicts - with a final, bittersweet image suggesting what has been lost. Oscar-nominated for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and Costumes, it won for Sven Nykvist's lush cinematography.
DIR/SCR Ingmar Bergman; PROD Lars-Owe Carlberg. Sweden, 1972, color, 91 min. RATED R
Sunday, April 6, 6:30; Tuesday, April 8, 9:45; Wednesday, April 9, 9:40
SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE
[Scener ur ett äektenskap]
Originally presented as a five-hour, six-part miniseries for Swedish television, but released at nearly half that length for theaters in the US, SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE will screen at AFI in its original full-length version, presented in two parts, each running approximately 150 minutes.
When Erland Josephson suddenly leaves his wife Liv Ullmann for another woman, they are forced to confront the disintegration of their marriage. This film, shot in intense, intimate close-ups by master cinematographer Sven Nykvist, chronicles the ten years of turmoil and love that bind the couple despite their divorce and subsequent marriages. Flawless acting and dialogue portray the brutal pain and uplifting peace that accompany a lifetime of loving. (Note courtesy The Criterion Collection)
DIR/SCR Ingmar Bergman; PROD Lars-Owe Carlberg. Sweden, 1973, color, 300 min. RATED PG
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THE MAGIC FLUTE
Considered by many the greatest film version of an opera, Ingmar Bergman pays loving tribute to Mozart's exquisite work, while adding some Bergmanesque touches. He had hoped to film the opera on the historic stage of Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm, but when the location proved unworkable, he re-created the theater's stage and trappings in a studio at the Swedish Film Institute.
DIR/SCR Ingmar Bergman; SCR Emanuel Schikaneder. PROD Måns Reuterswärd. Sweden, 1975, color, 135 min. RATED G
Friday, April 25, 7:00; Sunday, April 27, 4:20; Monday, April 28, 8:45