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May 22, 2006 5:17 PM   Subscribe

The Ingmar Bergman site is now available in English. I find the 'Universe' section (examining repeated themes) is particularly interesting.
posted by tellurian (6 comments total)

This looks fascinating. When I was in acting school the Little Carnegie ran 2 Bergman movies every Tues. After sIx months I thought I could do without the subtitles. Still get shivers thinking about that moment in Persona.
posted by pointilist at 8:30 PM on May 22, 2006

Excellent, thanks tellurian. I feel better about watching television now that I know Bergman was a TV junkie:

Why television?, Bergman was asked: "When you live on Fårö you become an avid television viewer. Television is quite simply the most amazing thing. It opens up the whole world. I watch the weather forecast every evening, the news, too. And I really enjoy the music and dance programmes - not to mention the ice hockey! When the world championships were on a few weeks ago, I certainly didn't get much writing done on 'Scenes from a Marriage'."
posted by soiled cowboy at 8:48 PM on May 22, 2006

This is terrific, from the Scenes from a Marriage page:

[Bergman] had been friends with a Danish couple who were always pleasant, bountiful, and who never got drunk, just charmingly tipsy. They always said the right things, and even when they had the flu they still managed to be chirpy.

"I remember they irritated me so intensely, that I once tried to seduce the wife (this is over twenty years ago). I failed, of course, and that made me even more annoyed. I did it in pure desperation just to bloody well show them. Suddenly I pictured them sitting in my old sofa and being interviewed. And I thought: 'now I'll get them…"

posted by soiled cowboy at 8:54 PM on May 22, 2006

This is great. Thanks.
posted by mr_roboto at 10:59 PM on May 22, 2006

This fantastic. Thanks.
posted by slimepuppy at 3:15 AM on May 23, 2006

Excellent post.
posted by exhilaration at 10:55 AM on May 30, 2006

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