The most famed and honored filmmaker ever to emerge from the nation of Sweden – and regarded by many as one of the three or four most brilliant directors of the 20th century – Ingmar Bergman radically altered the nature and meaning of the motion-picture form, transfiguring a medium long devoted to spectacle into an art capable of profoundly personal meditations into the myriad struggles facing the psyche and the soul. By focusing on the exploration of self with unparalleled intensity, Bergman brought to the screen a new sense of emotional intimacy, fusing the concepts behind Freudian psychotherapy with a dreamlike sensibility founded on visual metaphors, flashbacks, and extreme close-ups to create a revelatory cinematic world unlike any before it.
Born Ernst Ingmar Bergman on July 14, 1918, in Uppsala, Sweden, he followed a brief 1938 military stay by attending Stockholm University. While there, he staged his first plays, among them adaptations of Macbeth, August Strindberg’s… read more
i just realized that i've seen 9 Bergman films so far (in my life), and...i want "Through A Glass Darkly" to be my 10th. After that i will probably watch Scenes from a Marriage and then retire Bergman forever. ha. Yes, no need to be heroic.
Seriously, this guy bludgeons one with symbolism, perhaps because he is so self-engrossed, or because he's hiding the fact that he has absolutely no idea as to how human beings actually relate to one another.