Sawdust & Tinsel (1953)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: Gycklarnas afton Sweden, 1953. Sandrews. Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman. Cinematography by Hilding Bladh, Sven Nykvist. Produced by Rune Waldekranz. Music by Karl-Birger Blomdahl. Production Design by Bibi Lindstrom. Costume Design by Mago. Film Editing by Carl-Olov Skeppstedt. The drama among members of a group of…

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Shame (1968)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Skammen Sweden, 1968.  Cinematograph AB, Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Lars-Owe Carlberg.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Mago.  Film Editing by Ulla Ryghe.   One of the most exciting of the many curious and wonderful chamber pieces that Bergman filmed on his home island of…

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The Making Of Fanny And Alexander (1986)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Dokument Fanny Och Alexander Sweden, 1986.  Svenska Filminstitutet, Cinematograph AB.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Arne Carlsson.  Film Editing by Sylvia Ingemarsson.   Ingmar Bergman marked the end of his feature film career (which was still followed by television films and scripts for other directors) by filming the on-set experience of…

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Fanny And Alexander (1982)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Fanny Och Alexander Sweden/France/West Germany, 1982.  Cinematograph AB, Svenska Filminstitutet, Gaumont, Personafilm, SVT Drama, Tobis.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Jorn Donner.  Music by Daniel Bell.  Production Design by Anna Asp.  Costume Design by Marik Vos-Lundh.  Film Editing by Sylvia Ingemarsson.   This lovely film was the last grand masterpiece to…

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Autumn Sonata (1978)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Hostsonaten France/West Germany/Sweden, 1978.  Personafilm, Filmédis, Incorporated Television Company, Suede Film.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Production Design by Anna Asp.  Costume Design by Inger Pehrsson.  Film Editing by Sylvia Ingemarsson.   This magnificent drama is notable for being the last feature film in which Ingrid Bergman appeared (and the only time…

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Face To Face (1976)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Ansikte Mot Ansikte Sweden/Italy, 1976.  Cinematograph AB, Sveriges Radio.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Lars-Owe Carlberg.  Production Design by Anne Hagegard, Peter Kropenin.  Film Editing by Siv Lundgren.   Mildly successful drama by Ingmar Bergman probes the female psyche but features too many ridiculous flourishes to be taken too seriously….

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Persona (1966)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Sweden, 1966.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Ingmar Bergman.  Music by Lars Johan Werle.  Production Design by Bibi Lindstrom.  Costume Design by Mago.  Film Editing by Ulla Ryghe.  This breathtaking film by Ingmar Bergman follows the personalities of two very different women. One is a popular actress (Liv…

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Winter Light (1963)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Nattvardsgasterna Sweden, 1963.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Allan Ekelund.  Music by Evald Andersson.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Mago.  Film Editing by Ulla Ryghe.  ‘Yes Ingmar, it’s a masterpiece,’ Bergman’s then-wife Kabi Laretei told her husband, ‘But it’s a dreary masterpiece.’ No better description could…

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Through A Glass Darkly (1961)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Sasom I En Spegel Sweden, 1961.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Allan Ekelund.  Music by Erik Nordgren.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Mago.  Film Editing by Ulla Ryghe.   Four characters deal with God, love and insanity on a remote Swedish island in this pristinely…

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The Magician (1958)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Ansiktet Sweden, 1958.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Gunnar Fischer.  Produced by Allan Ekelund.  Music by Erik Nordgren.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Greta Johansson, Manne Lindholm.  Film Editing by Oscar Rosander. Max von Sydow is excellent as a conjurer who travels the countryside performing for villagers to…

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Wild Strawberries (1957)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Smultronstallet Sweden, 1957.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Gunnar Fischer.  Produced by Allan Ekelund.  Music by Erik Nordgren.  Production Design by Gittan Gustafsson.  Costume Design by Millie Strom.  Film Editing by Oscar Rosander.   Podcast:  My Criterions.  Ingmar Bergman’s probing, sensitive drama stars an excellent Victor Sjöström as a professor who is nearing…

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The Seventh Seal (1957)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Det Sjunde Inseglet Sweden, 1957.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman, based on his play Tramalning.  Cinematography by Gunnar Fischer.  Produced by Allan Ekelund.  Music by Erik Nordgren.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Manne Lindholm.  Film Editing by Lennart Wallen.    Podcast:  My Criterions. Visually stunning meditation on life and death by Ingmar…

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