IN FOCUS: INGMAR BERGMAN

When
Wed Sep 19 (full schedule below)
Where
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
Time
3:10pm
Tags
Film / Television, Lecture / Discussion
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IN FOCUS: INGMAR BERGMAN

Lecture/Screening Series

August 29–November 28, 2018

Explore Ingmar Bergman’s work in depth with our fall In Focus lecture-screening series led by Linda H. Rugg, a professor in the Scandinavian department at UC Berkeley who has written extensively on Bergman. Offered in conjunction with an undergraduate course at Cal, the series is open to the general public; each film is presented with a brief introductory lecture and post-screening discussion.

Schedule

Summer Interlude
Sweden, 1951
Digital Restoration
Wednesday, August 29 3:10 PM
Lecture by Linda H. Rugg
A prima ballerina impulsively revisits the island of her youth and, in flashbacks, her first and only love. Bergman’s breakthrough film is a magical fusion of sunstruck elegiac love poem and dark suggestion.


Sawdust and Tinsel
Sweden, 1953
Digital Restoration
Wednesday, September 5 3:10 PM
Lecture by Linda H. Rugg
Åke Grönberg and Harriet Andersson portray turn-of-the-century circus performers in Bergman’s earliest evocation of the theater of humiliation.


Smiles of a Summer Night
Sweden, 1955
Digital Restoration
Wednesday, September 12 3:10 PM
Lecture by Linda H. Rugg
Couples meet, split, and reconverge at a country house in the summer of 1900 in Bergman’s carnal comedy. “A tragic-comic chase and roundelay [carried] into elegance and lyric poetry” (Pauline Kael).


The Seventh Seal
Sweden, 1957
BAMPFA Collection Print
Wednesday, September 19 3:10 PM
Lecture by Linda H. Rugg
A medieval knight challenges Death to a game of chess in Bergman’s iconic work of cinematic philosophy. “A magically powerful film” (Pauline Kael).


Wild Strawberries
Ingmar Bergman
Sweden, 1957
Wednesday, September 26 3:10 PM
Lecture by Linda H. Rugg
The film that cemented Bergman’s international reputation deftly interweaves memory, reality, and dream. As an elderly professor recollecting his life’s failures, “Victor Sjöström gives one of the greatest performances of cinema” (National Film Theatre, London).

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The Virgin Spring
Sweden, 1960
Wednesday, October 3 3:10 PM
Lecture by Linda H. Rugg
A stark medieval allegory of faith, sexual violence, and revenge. “Sven Nykvist's luminous black-and-white photography conspire[s] with the austerity of Bergman's imagery to create an extraordinary metaphysical charge” (Time Out).


Winter Light
Sweden, 1963
Digital Restoration
Wednesday, October 10 3:10 PM
Lecture by Linda H. Rugg
The central film in Bergman’s “God trilogy” features Gunnar Björnstrand as a pastor haunted by God’s silence. With Max von Sydow and Ingrid Thulin.


The Silence
Sweden, 1963
Digital Restoration
Wednesday, October 17 3:10 PM
Lecture by Linda H. Rugg
Two sisters play out dramas of lust and fear in a foreign land where war looms, an emotional landscape forsaken by God. A work of “staggering integrity” (Chicago Reader).


Persona
Ingmar Bergman
Sweden, 1966
Digital Restoration
Wednesday, October 24 3:10 PM
Lecture by Linda H. Rugg
Exploring the strange symbiosis between a speechless actress (Liv Ullmann) and her nurse companion (Bibi Andersson), this is “Bergman at his most brilliant” (Time Out).


Hour of the Wolf
Sweden, 1968
Digital Restoration
Wednesday, October 31 3:10 PM
Lecture by Linda H. Rugg
A woman (Liv Ullmann) tells of her life on a remote island with her artist husband (Max von Sydow) in a film that intertwines supernatural mysteries with the no less mysterious torments of creativity.


Shame
Sweden, 1968
Wednesday, November 7 3:10 PM
Katinka Faragó and Linda H. Rugg in Conversation
Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow star in “Bergman’s simple, masterly vision of normal war and what it does to survivors. Set a tiny step into the future, the film has the inevitability of a common dream” (Pauline Kael).


Cries and Whispers
Sweden, 1972
Wednesday, November 14 3:10 PM
Lecture by Linda H. Rugg
A dying woman (Harriet Andersson) is attended by her sisters (Liv Ullmann and Ingrid Thulin) at a country house. “A laceratingly beautiful attempt to explore the human need not only to draw comfort from the past, but to project love back into its dusty reaches” (Monthly Film Bulletin).


Fanny and Alexander
Sweden, 1982

Wednesday, November 28 3:10 PM
This chronicle of an early twentieth-century theatrical family, told from the perspective of a young brother and sister, is comic and tragic, opulent and intellectual, mystical and autobiographical. Bergman called it “the sum total of my life as a filmmaker.”

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Schedule

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street
Berkeley, CA
Wed Sep 19 (3:10pm)
Wed Sep 26 (3:10pm)
Wed Oct 3 (3:10pm)
Wed Oct 10 (3:10pm)
Wed Oct 17 (3:10pm)