Saturday, January 5, 2013

Bergman Island

Early in the 1960s, art house master Ingmar Bergman discovered the island of Faro off the Swedish coast where he would film several of his classics ("Through a Glass Darkly", "Persona", "Scenes from a Marriage") and live in relative seclusion until his death in 2007. In 2004 he granted a series of exclusive interviews to filmmaker Marie Nyrerod at his home which were made into three separate films, which were whittled down into this feature length version I viewed. Bergman details his childhood, personal life, distinguished career, and day to day living habits, often in brutal detail and clarity, which is par for the course with his most cherished films.