Ingmar Bergman
August 11 2009

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** Kris / Crisis (1946)
– Det regnar på vår kärlek / It Rains on Our Love (1946)
– Skepp till India land / A Ship Bound for India (1947)
*** Musik i mörker / Music In Darkness (1948)
** Hamnstad / Port of Call (1948)
*** Fängelse / Prison (1949)
** Törst / Thirst (1949)
*** Till glädje / To Joy (1950)
– Sånt händer inte här / This Can’t Happen Here (1950)
*** Sommarlek / Summer Interlude (1951)
*** Kvinnors väntan / Waiting Women (1952)
** Sommaren med Monika / Summer with Monika (1953)
** Gycklarnas afton / Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)
*** En Lektion i kärlek / A Lesson in Love (1954)
– Kvinnodröm / Dreams (1955)
– Sommarnattens leende / Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
– Bakomfilm smultronstället (1957)
*** Det Sjunde inseglet / The Seventh Seal (1957)
– Herr Sleeman kommer / Mr. Sleeman Is Coming (1957)
**** Smultronstället / Wild Strawberries (1957)
– Venetianskan / The Venetian (1958)
– Nära livet / Brink of Life (1958)
– Rabies (1958)
*** Ansiktet / The Magician (1958)
– Oväder / The Storm (1960)
**** Jungfrukällan / The Virgin Spring (1960)
*** Djävulens öga / The Devil’s Eye (1960)
**** Såsom i en spegel / Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
**** Nattvardsgästerna / Winter Light (1962)
– Ett Drömspel / A Dream Play (1963)
* Tystnaden / The Silence (1963)
** För att inte tala om alla dessa kvinnor / All These Women (1964)
*** Persona (1966)
– Stimulantia (Sgmt. “Daniel” 1967)
** Vargtimmen / Hour of the Wolf (1968)
**** Skammen / Shame (1968)
*** Riten / The Ritual (1969)
*** En Passion / The Passion of Anna (1969)
– Fårödokument 1969 (1970)
– Beröringen / The Touch (1971)
**** Viskningar och rop / Cries and Whispers (1972)
*** Scener ur ett äktenskap / Scenes from a Marriage (1973)
– Misantropen / The Misanthrope (1974)
– Trollflöjten / The Magic Flute (1975)
– Ansikte mot ansikte / Face to Face (1976)
• The Serpent’s Egg (1977)
*** Höstsonaten / Autumn Sonata (1978)
– Fårö-dokument 1979 (1979)
* Aus dem Leben der Marionetten / From the Life of the Marionettes (1980)
**** Fanny och Alexander / Fanny and Alexander (1982)
*** Efter repetitionen / After the Rehearsal (1984)
– Dokument Fanny och Alexander (1986)
– De Två saliga (1986)
– Markisinnan de Sade (1992)
– Backanterna / The Bacchae (1993)
– Sista skriket / The Last Gasp (1995)
– Larmar och gör sig till / In the Presence of a Clown (1997)
– Bildmakarna / The Image Makers (2000)
– Saraband (2003)

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Do You Understand?
January 24 2009

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Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra in Some Came Running (1958 Vincente Minnelli)

MacLaine: Is that the end?

Sinatra: Did you like it?

MacLaine: Oh golly, I liked it fine. I really liked it a lot!

Sinatra: That means not very much.

MacLaine: No, honest, I really liked it a lot. Golly, just think. You can put those words down on paper like that and all I can do is hem brassieres. You know, it really makes me feel like a terrible failure.

Sinatra: What did you like about it, Ginny?

MacLaine: Everything.

Sinatra: Like what?

MacLaine: Well, I– uh– the people.

Sinatra: What people?

MacLaine: All of them.

Sinatra: Okay, so you like all of the people. What did the story mean to you?

MacLaine: Well, it means a lot.

Sinatra: Well then tell me what it’s all about.

MacLaine: Dave, don’t get mad. Everytime I open my mouth you get mad at me.

Sinatra: You don’t understand a word of what I said. You don’t understand the story at all.

MacLaine: No I don’t, but that don’t mean I don’t like it! I don’t understand you neither, but that don’t mean I don’t like you. I love you! But I don’t understand you. So what’s the matter with that?

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Jean-Luc Godard on Persona (1966 Ingmar Bergman)

From ‘Lutter sur deux fronts: conversation avec Jean-Luc Godard’, Cahiers du Cinema 194, October 1967. Trans. by Diana Matias.

I didn’t understand anything in Persona. Absolutely anything. I watched it carefully and this is how I saw things: Bibi Andersson is the one who is ill and the other woman is her nurse. In the end I always believe in ‘realism.’ So when the husband thinks he recognizes his wife, as far as I am concerned, since he’s recognized her, it really is her. I mean if you didn’t base yourself on realism you wouldn’t be able to do anything any more, you couldn’t even step into a taxi in the street, always assuming you dared to go out in the first place. But I believe everything. It isn’t about two separate things– one ‘real’ and the other a ‘dream.’ It’s all just one thing. Belle du jour is fantastic. And at certain points it’s the same thing with Persona. You say to yourself, ‘Right, from here on I’m really going to concentrate so I know exactly what’s going on.’ And then you suddenly… you say, ‘Shit! There you go!…’ and you realize you’ve gone back again.

It’s like trying to force yourself to stay awake so as to be in on the moment when you drop off to sleep.