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Bergman: A Year In The Life

Jane Magnusson directs and narrates a sensitive yet unflinching documentary that exposes the darker, less well-known side to one of the most famous figures in world cinema.


Focusing on 1957, a landmark year in which the incredibly prolific Ingmar Bergman directed two films and four plays, Magnusson explores not only the director’s films, but also his complex personality, and his turbulent private life. This centennial portrait of the great Swedish writer-director is perceptive, penetrating and packed with wonderful footage. Magnusson’s documentary centres on 1957, a turbulent but miraculously productive year when Bergman, besides unveiling The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries and working extensively in theatre and TV, led a messily complicated domestic life that included a spell in hospital. This focus is merely the springboard for a survey that spirals out to embrace everything from childhood to old age, touching on his many creative achievements, his strengths and failings as a man, and the way his art derived from his life. Illuminating anecdotes are offered by many who knew him – none, however, perhaps quite as revealing as Ingmar’s own testimony.

BBFC rating
15
Year
2018
Running time
117 mins
Country
Sweden
Other features
DOC
Director
Jane Magnusson

The Seventh Seal

 Vividly recreating a medieval world tormented by plague and superstition, Bergman’s allegorical drama – centred on a knight (von Sydow), returned from the Crusades, who challenges Death to a game of chess in order to postpone his demise – remains fascinating (and finally rather touching) as a study of faith in crisis. Packed with powerful images, it punctuates its bleakness with moments of pleasingly pawky humour. (Geoff Andrew)

BBFC rating
PG
Year
1957
Running time
96 mins
Country
Sweden
Format
DCP
Other features
S BW
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Cast
Max Von Sydow, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Bengt Ekerot

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February 17th

Bergman: A Year In The Life

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