I find something deeper in these films, something frightening but enlightening. I can’t get these characters and their situation out of my mind. The images have had a profound impact on me and have altered my perception on life and death.
I find that I do not lean towards a particular type of Bergman film. Whether it is The Virgin Spring, a more straight forward and classical masterpiece. Or far more abstract like The Silence or Persona. I tend to find the more emotionally devastating, the more I enjoy them.
Cries And Whispers remains my personal favorite and a very good contender for my favorite film ever. When people say Bergman delves into the depths of his characters souls they are not lying. And with this film he seems to be at his most intense and pessimistic. It his BY FAR his darkest most disturbing film but it’s the brilliant cinematography and the unbelievable performances of the three leads that make this an exceptional piece of cinema in my opinion.
Persona is probably Bergman’s greatest achievement and most important contribution to the art of film. I feel like writing about this film would be a dis-service to it. Just perfection.
Fanny And Alexander is a film that needs to be seen in it’s original length, and if you happen to have a chance to see it as intended then absolutely take the chance because it is the pinnacle of Bergman’s career and absolutely one of the most perfect and mesmerizing films ever made.
The Silence Trilogy are the Bergman films that make me think the most, next to Persona of course. Winter’s Light is especially unforgettable.
The Seventh Seal is an undeniable classic, great imagery and dialogue, absolutely essential viewing.
Wild Strawberries is a warm and enjoyable film that I can’t seem to find any attachment to. Even after multiple viewings, maybe when i’m older I guess….
Hour Of The Wolf is a very underrated psychological horror film. I use the term “Horror” loosely but it does have moments of truly surreal terror.
Shame is a very underrated war film, so bleak that I almost couldn’t take it.
Face to Face was very intense and well acted but for the first time I felt Bergman was repeating himself.Read less