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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