In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ingmar Bergman—and as celebrations are being organized around the world—we present a key selection of work from the filmmaker’s sprawling career. From tormented male protagonists to strong female leads, Bergman was a great director of actors and utilized a stock company for most of his career. From a more exotic early period to the existential “faith trilogy” and island-shot chamber works characteristic of his fruitful middle period and the relative warmth of the later films, Ingmar Bergman’s intimate examinations of intra and extra-personal truths—often in collaboration with cinematographer Sven Nykvist—have long-since earned him the title of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, and are presented here in all-new digital restorations, courtesy of the Swedish Film Institute and Janus Films.
"He dreamed, drew, pondered, probed, and agonized on film, and what resulted, more often than not, bore the grip of a thriller and the elegance of a waltz. If you wish to be reminded of what the medium can do, or if you doubt the depths that lurk beneath the flat skin of celluloid, waiting to be fathomed, Bergman is your man.” —Anthony Lane, The New Yorker
Encore: Tue, Apr 3 at 7:20pm
Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight (Max von Sydow) encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess.
Mon, Mar 12
Inspired by the earthy eroticism of Harriet Andersson, in the first of her many roles for him, Bergman had a major international breakthrough with this sensual and ultimately ravaging tale of young love, a work of stunning maturity and one of his most important films.
Encore: Tue, Apr 3 at 5:20pm
Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, this dramatization of a professor’s remarkable voyage of self-discovery is a richly human masterpiece and one of the films that catapulted Ingmar Bergman to international acclaim.
Wed, Mar 14
In the early 60s, Bergman turned his back on the abundant symbolism and exotic imagery of his 50s work to focus on a trilogy of emotionally explosive chamber dramas. The first film presents an unflinching vision of a family’s near-disintegration while vacationing on a remote island.
Wed, Mar 14
When small-town pastor assists with a parishioner’s fear of nuclear annihilation, a spiritual crisis manifests from fears of his own. The second of Bergman’s trilogy of faith and alienation in the modern age.
Wed, Mar 14
Regarded as one of the most sexually provocative films of its day, the third film in Ingmar Bergman’s faith trilogy offers a brilliant, disturbing vision of emotional isolation in a suffocating spiritual void.
Thu, Mar 15
Starring frequent Bergman collaborator and screen icon Max von Sydow, Bergman’s harrowing tale of revenge in medieval Sweden concerns one father’s need to avenge the death of a child whose murderers have found their way to his doorstep.
Tue, Mar 13 | 6-8pm
In conjunction with the Belcourt’s series Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema: A Centennial Retrospective, we offer a closer look into the work of one of the great directors of international art cinema. Led by Lutz Koepnick, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of German, Cinema and Media Arts at Vanderbilt University.
Encore: Tue, Apr 3 at 9:30pm
By the mid 60s, Ingmar Bergman had already conjured many of the cinema’s most unforgettable images. But with the radical PERSONA, this supreme artist attained new levels of visual poetry in this tale of an actress-gone-mute and the nurse who cares for her.
Encore: Wed, Apr 4 at 9:35pm
Charged with a nightmarish power as rare in the Bergman canon as its horrific elements, HOUR OF THE WOLF stars Max von Sydow as a painter-in-exile being tormented by a coven of sinister aristocrats.
Sat, Mar 17 at 12:30pm
Shot in intense, intimate close-ups and featuring flawless performances, Ingmar Bergman’s emotional X-ray chronicles the intense joys and pains of a complex relationship. Cut by nearly two hours for its 1974 U.S. theatrical release, this is Bergman’s original six-part television miniseries.
Tue, Mar 20
Not long after the dissolution of his marriage and a fleeting liaison with a neighbor (Bibi Andersson), the reclusive Andreas (Max von Sydow) begins an ultimately disastrous affair with the mysterious, beguiling Anna (Liv Ullmann).
Wed, Mar 21
Two sisters keep vigil for a third in this powerful depiction of human behavior in the face of death, one of Bergman’s most striking formal experiments.
Sat, Mar 24
In Ingmar Bergman's feature directing debut, an urban beauty shop proprietress whisks away her 18-year-old daughter, whom she abandoned as a child, to Stockholm—where she receives a crash course in adult corruption and heartbreak.
Sat, Mar 24
A suicidal young woman living in a working-class port town of Göteborg, and haunted by a troubled past, unexpectedly falls for Gösta, a sailor on leave whom she hopes might save her from self-destruction.
Sun, Mar 25
The sole collaboration of cinema’s two great Bergmans, Ingmar directs Ingrid, here playing an icy concert pianist who is matched beat for beat by Liv Ullmann, playing her eldest daughter, as they finally confront the bitter discord of their relationship.
Sun, Mar 25 at 2:30pm
Through the eyes of 10-year-old Alexander, we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family, a sprawling bourgeois clan in turn-of-the-20th-century Sweden. Bergman described this work as "the sum total of my life as a filmmaker." And in this full-length version of his triumphant valediction, his vision is expressed at its fullest.