A Director’s Centennial

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Ingmar Bergman, the influential Swedish director would have been turning 100 this year, and to mark the occasion, both the Film Forum in NYC and numerous cinemas throughout North America, are holding retrospectives showcasing his work.  These will include new restorations by the Swedish Film Institute.

Bergman’s body of work

His films frequently involved the same stable of rotating actors, and feature the recurring themes of death, insanity, faith and betrayal. His stylized bleak look that carries through much of his films, can be credited to his collaborations with cinematographers Gunnar Fischer and Sven Nykvist.  His filmography of over sixty films and documentaries include Wild Strawberries, The Seventh SealPersona and Fanny and Alexander. He has also directed documentaries for theatrical release and television as well as staging over 170 plays.