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Ernst Ingmar Bergman was a nine-time Academy Award-nominated Swedish film, stage, and opera director. He depicted bleakness and despair as well as comedy and hope in his explorations of the human condition. He is recognized as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers in cinematic history.

He directed 62 films, most of which he wrote, and directed over 170 plays. Some of his internationally known favorite actors were Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson, and Max von Sydow. Most of his films were set in the stark landscape of his native Sweden, and major themes were often bleak, dealing with death, illness, betrayal, and insanity.

Bergman was active for more than 60 years, but his career was seriously threatened in 1976 when he suspended a number of pending productions, closed his studios, and went into self-imposed exile in Germany for eight years following a botched criminal investigation for alleged income tax evasion.

Ingmar Bergman is the author of books: The Magic Lantern, Images: My Life in Film, Scenes from a Marriage, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Four Screenplays of Ingmar Bergman: Smiles of a Summer Night/The Seventh Seal/Wild Strawberries/The Magician, Fanny och Alexander, The Best Intentions, Private Confessions, Persona & Shame

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“When a film is not a document, it is a dream. . . . At the editing table, when I run the strip of film through, frame by frame, I still feel that dizzy sense of magic of my childhood.” Bergman, who has conveyed this heady sense of wonder and vision to moviegoers for decades, traces his lifelong love affair with film in his breathtakingly visual autobiography, The Magic Lantern.

More grand mosaic than linear account, Bergman’s vignettes trace his life from a rural Swedish childhood through his work in theater to Hollywood’s golden age, and a tumultuous romantic history that includes five wives and more than a few mistresses. Throughout, Bergman recounts his life in a series of deeply personal flashbacks that document some of the most important moments in twentieth-century filmmaking as well as the private obsessions of the man behind them. Ambitious in scope yet sensitively wrought, The Magic Lantern is a window to the mind of one of our era’s great geniuses.

“[Bergman] has found a way to show the soul’s landscape . . . . Many gripping revelations.”—New York Times Book Review

“Joan Tate’s translation of this book has delicacy and true pitch . . . The Magic Lantern is as personal and penetrating as a Bergman film, wry, shadowy, austere.”—New Republic

“[Bergman] keeps returning to his past, reassessing it, distilling its meaning, offering it to his audiences in dazzling new shapes.”—New York Times

“What Bergman does relate, particularly his tangled relationships with his parents, is not only illuminating but quite moving. No ‘tell-all’ book this one, but revealing in ways that much longer and allegedly ‘franker’ books are not.”—Library Journal
Following the success of his bestselling autobiography The Magic Lantern, the most influential film director of our time shares his wisdom and insights about himself and his cinematic work. Bergman's career spanned 40 years and produced over 50 films, many of which are considered classics. Over 200 photos.
"Det är kanske oförsiktigt att säga som det var, men det var faktiskt bara roligt att skriva om Johan och Marianne. Det började med tredje scenen: Jag tänkte göra en teaterpjäs om mannen som kommer hem till den intet ont anande hustrun och berättar att han tänker bryta upp deras förhållandevis goda äktenskap och ge sig av med en annan kvinna. Sedan när jag började skriva undrade jag naturligtvis hur de hade haft det tidigare -- om förhållandet egentligen varit så gott som de tidigare båda kontrahenterna påstod. Jag började också spekulera över vad som skulle hända dem längre fram.

Innan jag hade tänkt mig för fanns det sex avgörande dialoger om kärlek, äktenskap och allt möjligt annat. Johan och Marianne eller Marianne och Johan jade tillåtit sig att vara modiga, fega, glada, ledsna, arga, kärleksfulla, förvirrade, osäkra, nöjda, listiga, otrevliga, barnsliga, småaktiga, smeksamma, hjärtlösa, dumma, eländiga, hjälplösa, kort sagt människoliknande.

Detta är möjligen första gången som jag till min förvåning ser två personer stiga fram som inte alls talar med min egen röst. En hastig reservation: Det tog två och en halv månad att skriva de här scenerna, det tog ett vuxenliv att erfara dem" - Ingmar Bergman
The Seventh Seal is an allegorical film, set in plague-ridden medieval Sweden. This book contains the script to the film, as well as an introduction by writer/director Ingmar Bergman and several B&W stills from the film.

The screenplay in this book is identical to that used in the film, except that some sequences did not make it into the final version of the film.
Wild Strawberries, Ingmar Bergman (1918)
عنوان: توت فرنگی های وحشی: همراه با نقدی بر آثار برگمن؛ نویسنده: اینگمار برگمن؛ مترجم: هوشنگ طاهری؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، اشرفی، 1348، در 260 ص، مصور
s/t: Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries & The Magician
Ingmar Bergman has been acclaimed throughout the world as one of the most brilliant filmmakers of our time. This collection of screenplays for a quartet of his most distinguished films shows that he's also a writer of distinction, for the words themselves emerge, in their own right, as a form of powerfully moving literature.
Fanny och Alexander, med sin färgsprakande skildring av en borgerlig familj i seklets början, blev en av Bergmans största framgångar.
Ingmar Bergmans berättelse om sina föräldrar.

I Laterna Magica skildrade Ingmar Bergman sin far och sin mor ur en egen barndomsvinkel: fadern som svart stränghet, modern som en ljusgestalt, båda oåtkomliga. I Den goda vilken söker han en annan bild. Denna fria berättelse tar sin början 1909 och avslutas ett knappt decennium senare, då en ung prästfamilj väntar sitt andra barn, han som en gång ska skriva Laterna Magica.

Ingmar Bergmans stora berättelse är skriven för film. Men med den berättande prosa som frigjordes i självbiografin och i den nya förståelsens ljus har Bergman här skapat ett gestaltande prosaverk, som utan överdrift kan kallas en av de stora svenska kärleksromanerna.
Private Confessions tells the poignant tale of the scandal provoked by an adulterous affair between a Swedish pastor's wife and a young theology student in the 1920s. Burdened by guilt and compelled by her morals, Anna confesses her betrayal, to mother, priest, friend, and husband, but cannot find absolution.
Ingmar Bergman is still the doyen of cinema. He is known for masterpieces of controlled human emotion, exploring every facet of the personality in relentless detail. He wrote: "I had the possibility of corresponding with the world around me in a language that is literally spoken from soul to soul."

These two screenplays, liberally illustrated with production stills featuring actors, including his favourite actress, ex wife, Liv Ullman, are classics of the screen. They will be sought after by film students, and lovers of his films, New interest in Bergman is being generated by the recent release of Faithless, Liv Ullman's 2001 masterpiece, with a screenplay by Bergman.

Born in Sweden in 1918, Ingmar Bergman is still contributing to his canon of work.