Ingmar Bergman Centennial Retrospective Debuts This Weekend

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Ingmar Bergman Centennial retrospective debuts this week at Cinema Arts Centre.

One of the 20th Centuries most influential artists, and one of history’s most influential filmmakers. This month we will be diving into some of Bergman’s most well-loved films as a celebration of his impact on art and film. Cinema Arts Centre has a number of screenings of each film so that film fans can get a chance to enjoy these wonderful and influential films.

The Magic Flute

Ingmar Bergman’s 1975 film version of Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte. Intended as a television production and first shown on Swedish television 1975, but was followed by a cinema release later that year. Widely viewed as one of the most successful films of an opera ever, and an unusual item in the director’s oeuvre. (Sweden, 1975, 135 min., G, Swedish with English subtitles| Dir. Ingmar Bergman)

Fri, Sep 21st    2:00 PM
Sun, Sep 23rd 3:30 PM   
Tue, Sep 25th 2:00 PM
Wed, Sep 26th 8:00 PM

The Seventh Seal

An epic historical fantasy in which a man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

Returning exhausted from the Crusades to find medieval Sweden gripped by the Plague, a knight (Max von Sydow) suddenly finds himself face-to-face with the hooded figure of Death, and challenges him to a game of chess. As the fateful game progresses, and the knight and his squire encounter a gallery of outcasts from a society in despair, Bergman mounts a profound inquiry into the nature of faith and the torment of mortality. One of the most influential films of its time, The Seventh Seal is a stunning allegory of man’s search for meaning and a work of stark visual poetry. (Sweden, 1957, 96 min., NR, Swedish with English subtitles| Dir. Ingmar Bergman)

Fri, Sep 21st      4:40 PM
Sat, Sep 22nd 4:00 PM
Tue, Sep 23rd 6:00 PM
Wed, Sep 26th 2:00 PM


In this psychological drama, a nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personas are melding together.

By the mid-60s, Bergman had already conjured many of the cinema’s most unforgettable images. But with the radical Persona, he attained new levels of visual poetry. In the first of a series of legendary performances for Bergman, Liv Ullmann plays a stage actor who has inexplicably gone mute; an equally mesmerizing Bibi Andersson is the garrulous young nurse caring for her in a remote island cottage. While isolated together there, the women perform a mysterious spiritual and emotional transference. Acted with astonishing nuance and shot in stark contrast and soft light by Sven Nykvist, the influential Persona is a penetrating, dreamlike work of profound psychological depth. (Sweden, 1966, 83 min., NR, Swedish with English subtitles| Dir. Ingmar Bergman)

Fri, Sep 21st      6:50 PM
Sun, Sep 23rd 8:00 PM
Mon, Sep 24th 4:00 PM
Thu, Sep 27th 6:00 PM



Smiles of a Summer Night

In Sweden at the turn of the century, members of the upper class and their servants find themselves in a romantic tangle that they try to work out amidst jealousy and heartbreak.

After fifteen films that received mostly local acclaim, the 1955 comedy Smiles of a Summer Night at last ushered in an international audience for Bergman. In turn-of-the-century Sweden, four men and four women attempt to navigate the laws of attraction. During a weekend in the country, the women collude to force the men’s hands in matters of the heart, exposing their pretensions and insecurities along the way. Chock-full of flirtatious propositions and sharp witticisms delivered by such Swedish screen legends as Gunnar Björnstrand and Harriet Andersson, Smiles of a Summer Night is one of the cinema’s great erotic comedies. (Sweden, 1955, 108 min., NR, Swedish with English subtitles| Dir. Ingmar Bergman)

Fri, Sep 21st      8:50 PM
Sat, Sep 22nd 1:50 PM
Mon, Sep 24th 8:00 PM
Wed, Sep 26th 4:00 PM


Wild Strawberries

An aging professor’s day trip to accept an award becomes an unforgettable journey of self-discovery that seamlessly blends dreams, memories, and revelations.

Traveling to accept an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg-masterfully played by director Victor Sjöström-is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and make peace with the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, Wild Strawberries dramatizes one man’s remarkable voyage of self-discovery. This richly humane masterpiece, full of iconic imagery, is a treasure from the golden age of art-house cinema and one of Bergman’s most widely acclaimed and influential films. (Sweden, 1957, 92 min., NR, Swedish with English subtitles| Dir. Ingmar Bergman)

Sat, Sep 22nd    12 Noon
Mon, Sep 24th 6:00 PM
Tue, Sep 25th 4:40 PM
Thu, Sep 27th 2:00 PM

Cries and Whispers

When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, longrepressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface.

This existential wail of a drama concerns two sisters, Karin (Ingrid Thulin) and Maria (Liv Ullmann), keeping vigil for a third, Agnes (Harriet Andersson), who is dying of cancer and can find solace only in the arms of a beatific servant (Kari Sylwan). An intensely felt film that is one of Bergman’s most striking formal experiments, Cries and Whispers (which won an Oscar for the extraordinary color photography by Sven Nykvist) is a powerful depiction of human behavior in the face of death, positioned on the borders between reality and nightmare, tranquility and terror. (Sweden, 1972, 91 min., R, Swedish with English subtitles| Dir. Ingmar Bergman)

Sat, Sep 22nd    6:00 PM
Mon, Sep 24th 2:00 PM
Wed, Sep 26th 6:10 PM
Thu, Sep 27th 4:00 PM

Fanny and Alexander

The grand summation of Ingmar Bergman’s career, this epic family drama drew on the director’s own childhood experiences in early 20th century Sweden.

Through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family, a sprawling bourgeois clan in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Sweden. Bergman intended Fanny and Alexander as his swan song, and it is the director’s warmest and most autobiographical film, an Academy Award-winning triumph that combines his trademark melancholy and emotional intensity with immense joy and sensuality. Bergman described Fanny and Alexander as “the sum total of my life as a filmmaker.” And in this, the full-length version of his triumphant valediction, his vision is expressed at its fullest.

(Sweden, 1982, 188 min., R, Swedish with English subtitles| Dir. Ingmar Bergman)

Sat, Sep 22nd    8:00 PM
Sun, Sep 23rd 12:00 Noon
Thu, Sep 27th 8:00 PM

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