Criterion Collection Pays Homage To Ingmar Bergman With Dreamy Visual Essay
Film curators extraordinaire and many classic cinema collector's favorite label the Criterion Collection have unveiled a compelling and entrancing new visual essay titled "Bergman's Dreams" in honor of iconic Swedish master director Ingmar Bergman and this month's sparkling Blu-ray premiere of his late-career opus AUTUMN SONATA, starring Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann, in a new special features-packed edition that also includes a 3-hour documentary about the making of the movie.
Many Bergman favorites are touched upon and visually referenced in this sensitively presented and thoughtfully designed new featurette by the peerless label, focusing on the dreamlike quality of many of his most celebrated creations, including THE SEVENTH SEAL, WILD STRAWBERRIES, CRIES & WHISPERS, AUTUMN SONATA, FANNY & ALEXANDER and many more.
Criterion describes Bergman's career and influence in brief as such: "The Swedish auteur began his artistic career in the theater but eventually navigated toward film-"the great adventure," as he called it-initially as a screenwriter and then as a director. Simply put, in the fifties and sixties, the name Ingmar Bergman was synonymous with European art cinema. Yet his incredible run of successes in that era-including The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and The Virgin Spring, haunting black-and-white elegies on the nature of God and death-merely paved the way for a long and continuously dazzling career that would take him from the daring "Silence of God" trilogy (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, The Silence) to the existential terrors of Cries and Whispers to the family epic Fanny and Alexander, with which he "retired" from the cinema. Bergman died in July 2007, leaving behind one of the richest bodies of work in the history of cinema.
For even more, visit the Criterion Collection's official Ingmar Bergman biography page here.
View the Criterion Collection's new Ingmar Bergman visual essay, "Bergman's Dreams", below.