"Ingmar Bergman's films utterly depressing" -- Ingmar Bergman

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I saw The Virgin Spring yesterday at sort of a sparsely attended screening. even knowing the movie going in I underestimated how unbelievably harrowing and intense it is on a big screen and with other people, who were all either dead silent or openly weeping.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 04:03 (five months ago) link

that's the kind of screening I want to attend

Dan S, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 05:06 (five months ago) link

I just realized I've never seen any of his films on the big screen. Hopefully I'll be able to rectify that someday.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 05:10 (five months ago) link

To me "showing cycles of rage and affection" is something that makes it 1st tier. Can't say I know what you mean on the direction, probably because I don't quite know how to evaluate that stuff.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 06:42 (five months ago) link

The staging and framing are often A+; the writing too on-the-nose (probably one offscreen death too many).

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 10:27 (five months ago) link

I reckon he takes quite a lot of risks with that script, hence maybe why you feel it's on-the-nose.

It does feel like Bergman is doing a session of psychoanalysis and ends up breaking people lol.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 10:59 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

was Summer With Monika really the film that made US critics/audiences recognize that Sweden had a more sexually liberated culture? if so, that’s interesting

Dan S, Saturday, 6 July 2019 01:00 (four months ago) link

I loved Smiles of a Summer Night

Dan S, Saturday, 13 July 2019 23:31 (four months ago) link

That was a new one to me when I got the criterion set, and it's probably my favorite find, absolutely delightful.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 14 July 2019 04:11 (three months ago) link

his best comedy - his only good comedy? the ones I've seen (Waiting Women and All These Women) are terrible

flappy bird, Sunday, 14 July 2019 05:16 (three months ago) link

Have never seen The Devils's Eye, is that a bad comedy too?

Zeuhl Idol (Matt #2), Sunday, 14 July 2019 08:51 (three months ago) link

I'd like to hear any review of The Devil's Eye, one of the very few classic period Bergmans I've not seen.

HIs birthday today - 101

Josefa, Sunday, 14 July 2019 14:22 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

wasn't expecting to love Wild Strawberries so much, seeing it again after decades

Dan S, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:58 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

have been re-reading the thread. I guess you could call Wild Strawberries ‘life-affirming’. I just really liked how much of a fantasia it was, mixing absurd real events, dreams, and memories in the protagonist’s path from withdrawal to engagement. Victor Sjöström was great in it

Dan S, Friday, 30 August 2019 23:17 (two months ago) link

thought To Joy was one of the strangest and most interesting of his early films

Dan S, Sunday, 1 September 2019 23:52 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I enjoyed seeing the 60s Bergman films that are supposed to form a trilogy - Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, and The Silence.

According to Bergman “these three films deal with reduction: Through a Glass Darkly – conquered certainty; Winter Light – penetrated certainty; The Silence – God's silence, the negative imprint.”

They are very dark (The Silence also has a lot of humor), but they are all fantastic

Dan S, Friday, 20 September 2019 02:25 (one month ago) link

thought The Silence did seem somewhat Fellini-esque as flappy bird mentioned above, mostly the sections with the the child

Dan S, Friday, 20 September 2019 02:25 (one month ago) link

Those are coming up soon in my Bergman box. I haven't seen them in about 15 years, but I remember them all being brutally bleak.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 20 September 2019 02:28 (one month ago) link

they all seem to be focused on the acknowledgement of the silence of god, and the choices that the characters then have about how to live their lives: Through a Glass Darkly ultimately concluding that god is love amid the scenes of hopelessness; Winter Light, in which rational discussions of love for and belief in god and belief in human relationships reveal them to be problematic, with some hope ultimately offered for faith; The Silence, even further diminishing our confidence in faith but also maybe elevating it, offering of a huge ray of light with the character of Johan1

Dan S, Friday, 20 September 2019 02:45 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Ended up skipping over Persona, Hour of the Wolf, The Passion of Anna, and Cries and Whispers for the moment and watching Scenes from a Marriage, the theatrical version. The first time I saw it was as a teenager. It feels now like it was of its time, in a good way

Dan S, Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:47 (one month ago) link

Gotta do the long version, it's so good

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:49 (one month ago) link

thinking I should, maybe will wait until I work my way through the rest of his films though. It does bring up for me the question of whether to watch the mini-series version or theatrical version of Fanny and Alexander

seeing this again a lot of its appeal is in the attractiveness of the two main characters, and I can now better relate to their worry about the reality of love, about the possibility of not having loved or been loved enough

Dan S, Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:57 (one month ago) link

It definitely hit me harder on my recent viewing than the previous one some 15 years ago. A big part of it is just their wonderful acting and all the long, long takes.

I prefer the theatrical F&A, it flows better, but both are worth watching.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 5 October 2019 01:13 (one month ago) link

I probably say it a couple times a year on this board, but you NEED to watch the full cut of F&A.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Saturday, 5 October 2019 01:46 (one month ago) link

criterion channel does have both

Dan S, Saturday, 5 October 2019 01:52 (one month ago) link

really looking forward to seeing Persona again

Dan S, Saturday, 5 October 2019 02:24 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

Cries and Whisper is intense, it feels like a culmination of his surreal psychosexual dramas

Dan S, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 01:10 (two weeks ago) link

I like Ebert’s description that the camera darts and falls back as if stunned, then in other scenes doesn’t look away when you want it to, focusing on the close-up with extreme impassivity

Dan S, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 04:27 (two weeks ago) link

not sure what I think of Face to Face as a film, but Liv Ullmann is an incredible force in it

“love surrounds everything, even death” is a good resolution

Dan S, Thursday, 7 November 2019 01:21 (six days ago) link

it is kind of amazing that he allows dream scenes to take over big segments of his films

Dan S, Thursday, 7 November 2019 02:07 (six days ago) link

Face to Face is second tier Bergman. I have trouble remembering it beyond Ullmann reaction shots (as ever).

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 November 2019 02:20 (six days ago) link

it feels like a lot of his characters even if they are tragic are willing/trying to support others

I love that about his films

Dan S, Thursday, 7 November 2019 02:29 (six days ago) link


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