Film director Ingmar Bergman dies at 89

07-30-2007, 04:27 PM

Legendary film-maker Ingmar Bergman, one of the key figures in modern cinema, has died at the age of 89.

His 60-year career spanned intense classics like Cries & Whispers, The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries.

He was personally nominated for nine Oscars between 1960 and 1984, while three of his productions won Oscars for best foreign film.

Bergman died at his home in Faro, Sweden. No details about the cause of death have been released.

Astrid Soderbergh Widding, president of The Ingmar Bergman Foundation, said: "It's an unbelievable loss for Sweden, but even more so internationally."

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I just heard it on the news. I saw a couple of fragments from some of his films in Swedish class and I wonder if anyone here has seen his films?

Action Jackson
07-30-2007, 04:36 PM
I have seen a lot of his movies, they were different and one had to understand where he came from with a very harsh Lutheran background and that had an impact on his movies.

Well he was well known internationally for sure, well the Swedish government won't get their taxes then.

07-30-2007, 04:51 PM
Fanny and Alexander was most enjoyable. Others I saw were sad. Cries and Whispers, Autumn Sonata with Liv Ullmann :awww:

Jim Jones
07-30-2007, 06:26 PM
I saw one of his movies and was bored to death. I prefer comedies and hollywood blockbuster movies.

07-30-2007, 07:21 PM
I've seen a few of his movies, and yes they wouldn't be to everybody's taste, but he made cinema that made you think. RIP :sad:

07-30-2007, 09:05 PM
One of the best directors of all time :yeah:

07-30-2007, 09:35 PM
seventh seal was so good, the magic flute, fanny and alexander. those are some of my favorite movies. this makes me really sad. :sad:

07-30-2007, 10:43 PM
I just heard it on the news. I saw a couple of fragments from some of his films in Swedish class and I wonder if anyone here has seen his films?

Yes, I saw that on the CNN website. I have seen "Fanny and Alexander" and "The 7th seal" (which is one of my favorite movies).

Sunset of Age
07-30-2007, 11:58 PM
A very talented, intelligent director, though his movies sure won't appeal to everyone. One has to understand his harsh Christian background to truly 'get' his work I think.

I for myself very much enjoyed his work, especially his views on Mozart's "The Magic Flute". He'll be missed.

Voo de Mar
07-31-2007, 02:32 AM
I've seen 3 Bergman's movies : "Sjunde inseglet", "Jungfrukällan" & "Tystnaden". Well, I prefer difficult to understand and sad movies but from these three, I enjoyed only "Jungfrukällan" :shrug: Maybe I will change my opinion after seeing more his movies.
BTW Swedish language is very ugly for me and it's a little bit infuriating when you see a Swedish film with subtitles ;)

07-31-2007, 04:12 AM
I've seen "The Seventh Seal" and "Persona." I watched "Persona" this year, and it was brilliant.

07-31-2007, 09:35 AM
I liked 'Fanny and Alexander'. :yeah:

07-31-2007, 11:51 AM
Antonioni died today too, he was 94 years old.

Another legend is gone.

07-31-2007, 09:17 PM
I think I fell asleep on the one where the Knight plays chess with Death.

On the other hand, here in Tinseltown, where he might be expected to be remembered, the L.A. Times has several pages on his life.Filmmaker Woody Allen, in a statement, called Bergman a friend. "He told me that he was afraid that he would die on a very, very sunny day, and I can only hope it was overcast and he got the weather he wanted."

07-31-2007, 10:34 PM