"The first time I watched a Bergman film, I was 18 years old and deeply depressed. When I went to college, I made an extremely important friend who recommended I throw myself into the arts for solace. He said “Go to the library and pick up a movie by Ingmar Bergman - any of them, all of them.” I checked out “The Faith Trilogy” (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, and The Silence) and stayed up all night watching them one after another. I was so moved and astounded by the experience that instead of immediately going through his filmography, I tried to reserve the rest of his films for other times when I felt so low that nothing could lift me back up. Bergman is a master of empathy and articulating the troubles of the soul, and his body of work is a treasure. Like my friend did for me, I prescribe Bergman for everybody."
"The first Ingmar Bergman film I watched was Autumn Sonata. It was also my introduction into my love of foreign cinema. I watched Autumn Sonata because Ingrid Bergman was in it. While looking up information on the film I kept seeing that it was s big deal that Ingrid Bergman and Ingmar Bergman where working together. After seeing the film, I understood why. Autumn Sonata blew me away and from there I had to watch more Ingmar Bergman films. I watched Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal and Persona first. These three films are amazing, dark and yet so beautiful. I also became a huge fan of Liv Ullman after watching Ingmar’s film. They made 10 fantastic films together. Some of my other favorites are Face To Face, Scenes From a Marriage, The Scilence and Shame… Fast forward years later and Ingmar Bergman is my favorite director of all time. He brought something to cinema, that will never be replaced. I hope he is remembered forever."