Ingmar Bergman left a rich legacy of intriguing films. Especially poignant are the films Wild Strawberries, Persona, and Cries and Whispers. What film, if any of his, is your favorite?
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I can't say I'm exactly a fan of of his films (I find them more than a tad depressing ... not a big fan of depressing ...) but I did study Wild Strawberries in my film studies and, wow, what a great film to analyze (that and Citizen Kane may not be good viewing to my mind but they are fabulous to analyze)! The analysis of the mise en scene in the initial office shot, with the teacup in the midground and the dog exiting as the only thing in the foreground and the window looking out on the waiting--or prohibited--world in the far background, establish and predicate the movement and thematic meaning of the whole film.
I would have to go with The Seventh Seal. I can't say I'm a big fan; I took a class on literature in college: "The Middle Ages to the Restoration" (I believe), and we watched the movie in that class. I was so much more impressionable then than now: I found it dark, haunting and truly frightening—but also unforgettable. It is certainly a movie that is impactful and memorable, especially ground-breaking for the time, but now I think I'd rather read Marlowe's Faustus—it's more hopeful. The film really bothered me for a while—a silent God was disturbing, as was Block's sense of futility. Additionally, Death was pretty scary at the time. (He's still kind of scary.) If nothing else, the movie caught the attention of the audience; I would expect that made it successful, but more than that, it was thought-provoking, without a doubt.
I saw quite a few of Bergman's movies in a film class I took in college in the 1970s. The first one I saw still impressed me the most--The Seventh Seal (1957). The Virgin Spring (1960) was also excellent.
Wild Strawberries and Persona are both very excellent, engaging films. Through a Glass Darkly is also one of my favorites. Bergman's use of music, the Bach cellos suites, is especially poignant in that film.
I keep being drawn back to this movie and it's grown on me over time. There are scenes that feature one character in a long duration shot telling a story. This mode of storytelling in film is difficult and requires top-notch writing and acting to be pulled off. Bergman pulls it off beautifully.
The Magic Flute is another one of my favorites. That film features another writer as part of the pair of protagonists, like The Passion of Anna.
Yes.. certainly ''Wild Strawberries'' and ''The Seventh Seal'' were also both exceptional; no two ways about it.
: ) Im no expert but I have seen some 6-7 of Bergman's great films and have liked them all, one way or the other. Perhaps, my 'favorite' out of these is ''Through a Glass Darkly'' -- a movie that whilst it inspired me at many levels (including its fine music) also scared me, in some ways, with its delving into the deepest recesses of the human psyche. Harriet Anderssen as 'Karin' was really superb!
But what a fine director. It would be unfair to say one likes only one 'favourite' and with the limited number of his films seen, alas, Im only an amateur enthusiast/admirer.
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