1. "One thing I love about Bergman is his actress choices, it really hits me. You can perfectly understand why he choose one of them from the moment the film starts"
    — bergman-wenders (http://bergman-wenders.tumblr.com/)

  2. ingrid-thulin said: sorry about that being late...I traveled halfway around the world a few days ago and am still a little disoriented. love your blog, by the way

    Thank you very much for your thoughts, all this messages mean a lot to me and I think it is very nice that you shared this experience. 


  3. "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."
    — ingrid-thulin (http://ingrid-thulin.tumblr.com/)

  4. "

    My first experience with Bergman was, not unusually, with The Seventh Seal. I liked it but initially I didn’t think too much of it, having rented it on a whim sometime in college, completely ignorant of the film’s reputation. I had probably only seen half a dozen foreign films at that point, and certainly none that were quite so old. I was interested enough that I looked up the director’s name, possibly because I thought I had stumbled on some hidden gem that nobody had ever heard of. This, of course, was totally wrong, but for someone trying to explore film outside of American releases, Bergman provided the best possible doorway.

    Shortly after watching The Seventh Seal, I decided to rent Wild Strawberries, and it was that film that really opened up to me the world of film. I never knew movies could be so smart and so deep, at times comical, yet sobering. Since then, Bergman has essentially been my favorite filmmaker (my blog name taken from the direct English translation of Winter Light’s Swedish title). I have even known a relationship of mine was doomed when my then girlfriend fell asleep once while watching The Seventh Seal with me.

    Knowing that I still have several Bergman films to watch, however hard to find they are, is very exciting.

    — communicants (http://communicants.tumblr.com/)

  5. "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."

  6. "

    The first Bergman film I saw was Sawdust and Tinsel.

    It was one of the many foreign or “arty” films shown at the college I was attending, and at the time I don’t think I was particularly aware that it was “a Bergman”. I think I knew Bergman was a famous director and he’d made a film called The Seventh Seal which, although I hadn’t actually seen it, I felt I knew a lot about because I’d read and seen it being referenced and parodied in various mediums.

    I remember being particularly struck by the early flashback scene featuring Frost the clown and his wife Alma, with it’s bleached out visuals and almost silent film feel. I’m sure the image of Frost the Pierrot on the rocky shore influenced the look of David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes video! I also remember I found “the girl” in the film very attractive. I had no idea who Harriet Andersson was back then of course.

    I liked the film at the time but seeing it wasn’t a life changing experience. It wasn’t until much later after watching more Bergmans like Summer Interlude, Summer With Monika and at long last The Seventh Seal that Bergman clicked with me and is now probably my favourite director, and Sawdust and Tinsel one of my favourites of his films!


  7. On this special day, you can send me a message about your first experience of watching a Bergman film or whatever you want to share about him or his films, and I will post them on my blog :)

  8. Happy birthday Ingmar Bergman (1918 - 2007)

    When I was young, I was extremely scared of dying. But now I think it a very, very wise arrangement. It’s like a light that is extinguished. Not very much to make a fuss about.

  9. Ingmar Bergman at the Malmo Theater 1960s

  10. Ingmar Bergman on the set of The Magic Flute(1975)