Happy 100, Ingmar Bergman

Today would have been Ingmar Bergman’s 100th birthday, so it was fitting to watch his oscar films I had not yet seen. I am a fan of Ingmar Bergman, but just watching his films (and films inspired by him) for the whole week became heavy, but rewarding none the less.

The Virgin Spring (1960)
Off to a fantastic start. More brutal than I had anticipated. A tense and uncomfortable masterpiece.
Winner of Best Foreign Language Film in 1961. Nominated for Best Costume Design (Black-and-White)

Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Far from my favorite Bergman, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great film. Lesser Bergman is still better than almost everything else.
Winner of Best Foreign Language Film in 1962. Nominated for Best Writing-Story and Screenplay (Written Directly for the Screen) in 1963.

Cries and Whispers (1972)
Almost feels like a best-of montage of Ingmar Bergman’s work. It is so Bergman it almost becomes a parody. Almost. Luckily, it is a magnificent and haunting film. But still, it lacked a real impact on me for some reason.
Winner of Best Cinematography in 1972. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing-Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced and Best Costume Design.

Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973)
I had never heard about this movie before I saw Ingmar Bergman had a credit on imdb with a clip from Wild Strawberries. It is no wonder that clip is shown as the movie clearly is inspired by it. There is a scene in the movie where they literally go to a Ingmar Bergman festival and watch Wild Strawberries.
Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Joanne Woodward) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Sylvia Sidney) in 1974.

The Magic Flute (1975)
This proves that my opera limit is approx one hour before my head wants to explode. After a very promising start, this became extremely tedious for me, although it is just a matter of personal taste. Maybe I’ll watch it on mute next time, as a enjoyed the mood and how it seamless goes back and forth from a stage production feel to a cinematic feel.
Nominated for Best Costume Design in 1976.

Face to Face (1976)
This was a frustrating watch, balancing between fascinating and pointless. A mixed bag to say the least. But it is saved by the brilliant performance by Liv Ullmann. Still, it is the movie I that has been on my mind the most of the bunch, so maybe it will grow on me.
Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Liv Ullmann) and Best Director in 1977.

A Little Night Music (1977)
based on Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night, only less fun, less clever and less engaging, but with 70% more songs. Why was not Elizabeth Taylor’s singing done by somebody else? It is distractingly bad.
Winner of Best Music-Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score in 1978. Nominated for Best Costume Design.

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