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INGMAR BERGMAN
CENTENNIAL RETROSPECTIVE

Wednesday, February 7 – Thursday, March 15

FIVE-WEEK, 47-FILM FESTIVAL COMMEMORATING THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF LEGENDARY DIRECTOR INGMAR BERGMAN’S BIRTH

COMPREHENSIVE RETROSPECTIVE, PART OF GLOBAL TRIBUTE, INCLUDES 40 NEW RESTORATIONS

Presented in association with Janus Films, Swedish Film Institute and Ingmar Bergman Foundation

INGMAR BERGMAN, a 5-week, 47-feature film festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the cinema’s greatest artists, will run at Film Forum from Wednesday, February 7 through Thursday, March 15.  The retrospective is part of a global celebration of Bergman’s centennial (already underway in London), described by the Swedish Film Institute as “the largest jubilee of a single filmmaker.”

The most comprehensive Bergman festival ever presented in New York (including nearly every feature he directed), it will include 40 new restorations of his most iconic films, including THE SEVENTH SEAL, WILD STRAWBERRIES, and PERSONA; his earliest works as screenwriter and director from the 40s and early 1950s; rarely-screened later works, including THE TOUCH and THE SERPENT’S EGG; new restorations of complete television films SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE and FANNY AND ALEXANDER; and films written by Bergman but directed by others.

Perhaps the most pivotal event in the life of Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) was at age 10, when he traded half his toy soldiers for a movie projector. From his earliest youth growing up in Upsalla, Sweden, Bergman was among the most hardened of film buffs, and from his university days an enfant terrible of the theater. He achieved his ambitions early, getting a screenplay (Frenzy) produced by Sweden’s
 top director and becoming the head of a 
major theater in Europe before he was 26 
– and making his first film (Crisis) before age 28.

To 
try to encapsulate his brilliant cinema career
 is impossible, but an overview would encompass his progression from tormented, sensitive male protagonists; to strong female leads; to a series 
of God-haunted works; to island-location “chamber” works; to powerful, scathing examinations of intimate relationships, with romantic comedies interspersed throughout; to the warmth and charm of his later The Magic Flute and Fanny and Alexander.

Bergman’s work with his stock company – including Max Von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Erland Josephson, Eva Dahlbeck, Ulla Jacobsson, Harriet Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann – made him arguably the greatest director of actors in the history of the medium, and his overall technical mastery, his brutal honesty and relentless search for truth have made him, as well, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.

This festival will include DCPs and 35mm prints imported from Sweden, including 40 new restorations created by the Swedish Film Institute especially for the 2018 celebration.

The series opens on Wednesday, February 7 with perhaps Bergman’s most iconic film, THE SEVENTH SEAL, starring Bergman star (and sometime alter ego) Max Von Sydow as a knight back from the Crusades, who plays chess with Death as he travels in plague-ridden 14th-century Sweden in quest of his wife. 

The festival showcases the other films of the 1950s and early 60s that first made Bergman an international art house sensation, including SAWDUST AND TINSEL, WILD STRAWBERRIES, SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT (screening on Valentine’s Day), THE VIRGIN SPRING, and THE MAGICIAN.

Bergman followed these iconic films with the so-called “silence of God” trilogy – THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY, WINTER LIGHT, and THE SILENCE – in which the Lutheran pastor’s son wrestled with his haunting relationship with God and existential emptiness. Beginning with Winter Light (1960), most of Bergman’s films were shot by the great cinematographer Sven Nykvist.  PERSONA marked the beginning of a new period of piercing, women-centric psychological portraits and painful excavations of male-female relationships, including HOUR OF THE WOLF, SHAME, THE RITE, THE PASSION OF ANNA, CRIES AND WHISPERS, SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE, and AUTUMN SONATA, starring Ingrid Bergman.

In his later masterpieces, Bergman returned to his artistic and personal roots with theater and opera-centric works like THE MAGIC FLUTE and AFTER THE REHEARSAL, and the warm, mystical saga of childhood FANNY AND ALEXANDER.

The series includes Bergman’s little-seen early works, including his first feature, CRISIS, and other early discoveries IT RAINS ON OUR LOVE, PORT OF CALL, A SHIP TO INDIA, MUSIC IN THE DARK, SUMMER WITH MONIKA, and SUMMER INTERLUDE; as well as his first film written by him, FRENZY, directed by Alf Sjöberg. Among the most obscure bits of Bergmaniana is a 1951 soap commercial featuring his future star Bibi Andersson.

The festival also includes films scripted by Bergman and directed by other directors, including Bille August’s THE BEST INTENTIONS, Liv Ullmann’s PRIVATE CONFESSIONS, and SUNDAY’S CHILDREN, directed by Ingmar’s son Daniel.

Presented in associations with the Swedish Film Institute and the Ingmar Bergman Foundation. All restorations are courtesy of the Swedish Film Institute and Janus Films. 

INGMAR BERGMAN has been programmed by Bruce Goldstein, Film Forum’s Director of Repertory Programming.

A sidebar to the series will pay tribute to the Bergman mentor and actor Victor Sjöström, one of the cinema’s first great masters.  Best known as the old man in Bergman’s Wild Strawberries (he also appeared in Bergman’s To Joy).  Sjöström was also one of Sweden’s first great directors and film stars.  Five Sjöström silents will be screened:  two from Sweden, The Phantom Carriage and The Outlaw and His Wife (both with Sjöström in the lead), and three from Hollywood, He Who Gets Slapped, The Scarlet Letter, and The Wind.  All Sjöström screenings will include live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner.

Complete schedule:

FEBRUARY 7 WED
THE SEVENTH SEAL (1957) DCP restoration
Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bibi Andersson
2:00, 6:20, 10:20

FRENZY (1945, Alf Sjöberg) DCP restoration
Stig Järrel, Alf Kjellin, Mai Zetterling
Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman
4:00, 8:20

FEBRUARY 8 THU
CRISIS (1946) DCP restoration
Inga Landgré, Stig Olin
2:00, 6:20, 10:15

THE SEVENTH SEAL (1957) DCP restoration
4:00, 8:20

FEBRUARY 9 FRI
SUMMER WITH MONIKA (1953) 35mm
Harriet Andersson, Lars Ekborg
2:00, 9:40

THE SEVENTH SEAL (1957) DCP restoration
3:55, 5:50, 7:45

FEBRUARY 10 SAT
IT RAINS ON OUR LOVE (1946) DCP restoration courtesy Swedish Film Institute
Barbro Kollberg, Birger Malmsten
12:30

WILD STRAWBERRIES (1957) DCP restoration
Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand
2:30, 6:15

THE SEVENTH SEAL (1957) DCP restoration
4:20, 8:05

SUMMER WITH MONIKA (1953) 35mm
10:00

FEBRUARY 11 SUN
SAWDUST AND TINSEL (1953) DCP restoration 
Åke Grönberg, Harriet Andersson, Hasse Ekman, Anders Ek
1:05, 8:50

WILD STRAWBERRIES (1957) DCP restoration (†35mm)
3:05, †7:00

FEBRUARY 12 MON
PORT OF CALL (1948) DCP restoration
Nine-Christine Jönsson, Bengt Eklund
2:00, 6:00, 9:40

SAWDUST AND TINSEL (1953) DCP restoration 
4:00

PRISON (1949) DCP restoration courtesy Swedish Film Institute
Doris Svedlund, Birger Malmsten, Hasse Ekman
8:00

FEBRUARY 13 TUE
WILD STRAWBERRIES (1957) DCP restoration
2:00, 5:50, 9:40

TO JOY (1950) DCP restoration
Stig Olin, Maj-Britt Nilsson, Birger Malmsten
3:50, 7:40

FEBRUARY 14 WED
Valentine’s Day
A LESSON IN LOVE (1954) DCP restoration
Eva Dahlbeck, Gunnar Björnstrand, Yvonne Lombard, Harriet Andersson
2:00, 6:20

SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT (1958) 35mm
Gunnar Björnstrand, Eva Dahlbeck, Ulla Jacobsson, Harriet Andersson
3:55, 8:15

FEBRUARY 15 THU
ALL THESE WOMEN (1964) DCP restoration
Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson, Eva Dahlbeck, Karin Kavli
Plus Bergman directed commercial for Bris detergent (1953)
2:00, 6:30, 10:00

BRINK OF LIFE (1957) DCP restoration courtesy Swedish Film Institute
Eva Dahlbeck, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson, Erland Josephson, Max von Sydow
3:50, 8:20

FEBRUARY 16 FRI
THE MAGICIAN (1958) DCP restoration  (†35mm)
Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand
2:00, †6:00, 10:00

THE DEVIL’S EYE (1960) DCP restoration
Jarl Kulle, Bibi Andersson, Stig Järrel, Nils Poppe
4:05, 8:10

FEBRUARY 17 SAT
A SHIP TO INDIA (1947) DCP restoration courtesy Swedish Film Institute
Holger Löwenadler, Anna Lindahl, Birger Malmsten
12:30

THE VIRGIN SPRING (1960) DCP restoration  (†35mm)
Max von Sydow, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitta Pettersson, Birgitta Valberg
2:30†, 6:25, 10:20

THE MAGICIAN (1958) DCP restoration  (†35mm)
†4:20, 8:15

FEBRUARY 18 SUN
THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY (1961) DCP restoration
Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Max von Sydow
1:15, 6:40

WINTER LIGHT (1963) DCP restoration
Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Gunnel Lindlom, Max von Sydow
3:05, 8:30

THE SILENCE (1963) DCP restoration
Ingrid Thulin, Gunnel Lindblom, Birger Malmsten
4:45, 10:10

FEBRUARY 19 MON
THE VIRGIN SPRING (1960) 35mm
2:00

IT RAINS ON OUR LOVE (1946) DCP restoration courtesy Swedish Film Institute
3:50, 10:15

MUSIC IN THE DARK (1948) DCP restoration courtesy Swedish Film Institue
Mai Zetterling, Birger Malmsten
6:30

FEBRUARY 20 TUE
SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT (1958) DCP restoration
2:00 6:10

SUMMER INTERLUDE (1951) DCP restoration
Maj-Britt Nilsson, Birger Malmsten, Alf Kjellin, Annalisa Ericson
4:10, 8:20

FEBRUARY 21 WED
THE RITE (1969) 35mm
Ingrid Thulin, Anders Ek, Gunnar Björnstrand
2:00, 6:30, 10:00

THE VIRGIN SPRING (1960) 35mm
3:50, 8:10

FEBRUARY 22 THU
DREAMS (1955) DCP restoration
Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Ulf Palme
2:00, 6:20, 10:15

SECRETS OF WOMEN (1952) DCP restoration 
Anita Björk, Eva Dahlbeck, Maj-Britt Nilsson, Birger Malmsten, Gunnar Björnstrand
3:45, 8:05

FEBRUARY 23 FRI
PERSONA (1966) DCP restoration 
Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann
2:00, 5:40, 9:20

THE SILENCE (1963) DCP restoration
3:45, 7:25

FEBRUARY 24 SAT
THIRST (1949) DCP restoration
Eva Henning, Birger Malmsten, Birgit Tengroth, Hasse Ekman
12:30

PERSONA (1966) DCP restoration 
2:20, 6:00, 9:35

HOUR OF THE WOLF (1968) DCP restoration 
Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann
4:05, 7:45

FEBRUARY 25 SUN
SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE I + II (1973) DCP restoration 
Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson
3:10, 9:1

SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE III + IV (1973) DCP restoration 
Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson
5:10

SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE V + VI (1973) DCP restoration
Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson
7:10

FEBRUARY 26 MON
SUMMER WITH MONIKA (1953) DCP restoration
2:00, 10:15

SAWDUST AND TINSEL (1953) DCP restoration
4:00, 8:15

FEBRUARY 27 TUE
SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE I + II (1973) DCP restoration
2:00

SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE III + IV (1973) DCP restoration
4:15

FRENZY (1945, Alf Sjöberg) DCP restoration
6:30

SUMMER WITH MONIKA (1953) DCP restoration
8:30

FEBRUARY 28 WED
SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE V + VI (1973) DCP restoration
2:00

WINTER LIGHT (1963) DCP restoration
4:00, 7:50

THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY (1961) DCP restoration
6:00, 9:30

MARCH 1 THU
PERSONA (1966) DCP restoration
2:00, 5:35

HOUR OF THE WOLF (1968) DCP restoration 
3:45

MARCH 2 FRI
SHAME (1968) DCP restoration 
Liv Ullmann, Max von Sydow, Sigge Fürst, Gunnar Björnstrand
2:00, 6:15, 10:15

THE PASSION OF ANNA (1969) DCP restoration
Liv Ullmann, Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Erland Josephson
4:05, 8:20

MARCH 3 SAT
THE PASSION OF ANNA (1969) DCP restoration
12:30

SHAME (1968) DCP restoration
2:30, 6:25

CRIES AND WHISPERS (1972) DCP restoration
Liv Ullmann, Harriet Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Kari Sylwan
4:35, 8:30

MARCH 4 SUN
THE MAGIC FLUTE (1975) DCP restoration
Josef Köstlinger, Irma Urrila
1:00, 5:35

FÅRÖ DOCUMENT (1969) DCP restoration
8:10

MARCH 5 MON
CRIES AND WHISPERS (1972) DCP restoration
2:00, 8:10

THE MAGIC FLUTE (1975) DCP restoration
3:50

MARCH 6 TUE
FROM THE LIFE OF THE MARIONETTES (1980) DCP restoration
Robert Atzorn, Christine Buchegger, Martin Benrath
2:00, 6:00

CRIES AND WHISPERS (1972) DCP restoration
4:10

FACE TO FACE (1976) DCP courtesy SVT Swedish Television
Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Aino Taube, Gunnar Björnstrand
8:10

MARCH 7 WED
THE PASSION OF ANNA (1969) DCP restoration
2:00, 6:15

THE TOUCH (1971) DCP
Elliott Gould, Bibi Andersson, Max von Sydow
4:00, 8:15

MARCH 8 THU
A LESSON IN LOVE (1954) DCP restoration
2:00, 9:40

FROM THE LIFE OF MARIONETTES (1980) DCP restoration
4:30

MARCH 9 FRI
HOUR OF THE WOLF (1968) DCP restoration
2:00, 5:40

THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY (1961) DCP restoration
3:50, 9:30

THE SILENCE (1963) DCP restoration 
7:30

MARCH 10 SAT
FÅRÖ DOCUMENT 1979 (1979) DCP restoration
12:30

THE SERPENT’S EGG (1978) DCP courtesy Swedish Film Institute  
Liv Ullmann, David Carradine
2:50

FROM THE LIFE OF THE MARIONETTES (1980) DCP restoration
5:10

AUTUMN SONATA (1978) DCP restoration
Liv Ullmann, Ingrid Bergman, Lena Nyman
7:15

SUMMER INTERLUDE (1951) DCP restoration
9:15

MARCH 11 SUN
FANNY AND ALEXANDER I (1982) DCP restoration
Pernilla Allwin, Bertil Guve, Börje Ahlstedt, Allan Edwall, Ewa Fröling
1:00

FANNY AND ALEXANDER II + III (1982) DCP restoration
Pernilla Allwin, Bertil Guve, Börje Ahlstedt, Allan Edwall, Ewa Fröling
3:00

FANNY AND ALEXANDER IV (1982) DCP restoration
Pernilla Allwin, Bertil Guve, Börje Ahlstedt, Allan Edwall, Ewa Fröling
5:40

SUNDAY’S CHILDREN (1992, Daniel Bergman) DCP courtesy Swedish Film Institute 
Thommy Berggren, Henrik Linnros, Lena Endre
Written by Ingmar Bergman
7:30

MARCH 12 MON
FANNY AND ALEXANDER I (1982) DCP restoration 
2:00

FANNY AND ALEXANDER II + III (1982) DCP restoration
4:00

AFTER THE REHEARSAL (1984) 35mm print courtesy Swedish Film Institute
Erland Josephson, Ingrid Thulin, Lena Olin
PLUS KARIN’S FACE (1984) DCP restoration courtesy Swedish Film Institute
6:40

THE BEST INTENTIONS (1992, Bille August) 35mm print courtesy Swedish Film Institute
Samuel Fröler, Pernilla August, Max von Sydow, Ghita Nørby
Written by Ingmar Bergman
8:30

MARCH 13 TUE
PERSONA (1966) DCP restoration 
2:00, 10:10

PASSION OF ANNA (1969) DCP restoration
3:45

CRIES AND WHISPERS (1972) DCP restoration
5:45

PRIVATE CONFESSIONS (1997, Liv Ullmann) DCP courtesy Swedish Television
Pernilla August, Max von Sydow, Samuel Fröler
Written by Ingmar Bergman
7:35

MARCH 14 WED
FANNY AND ALEXANDER IV (1982) DCP restoration
2:00

AUTUMN SONATA (1978) DCP restoration
4:00, 8:00

AFTER THE REHEARSAL (1984) 35mm print courtesy Swedish Film Institute 
PLUS KARIN’S FACE (1984) DCP restoration courtesy Swedish Film Institute
6:00, 10:00

MARCH 15 THU
SARABAND (2003) DCP courtesy Swedish Television
Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson
2:00, 8:20

WILD STRAWBERRIES (1957) DCP restoration 
4:20

SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT (1958) 35mm
6:10

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INGMAR BERGMAN Festival

Wednesday, February 7 - Thursday, March 15

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