Ingmar Bergman Salute in Hollywood

Cries & Whispers by Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar BergmanIngmar Bergman (right) will be the subject of a weekend-long salute – with the screening of five of his Academy Award-nominated and winning films – beginning Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciencess' Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

The opening night of “An Academy Salute to Ingmar Bergman” will feature a screening of the haunting Fanny & Alexander (1982), Bergman's official cinematic swan song. Also included in the evening package is the premiere viewing of the touring installation “The Man Who Asked Hard Questions.” Additionally, actor Börje Ahlstedt (who plays Carl Ekdahl in the film) and documentarian Marie Nyrerod, Bergman's friend and the director of Bergman Island, will take part in a pre-screening panel discussion.

Fanny & Alexander will be followed by the stark The Virgin Spring (1960), a tale of rape, murder, and revenge; Through a Glass Darkly (1961), in which Harriet Andersson, as a woman suffering from schizophrenia, delivers one of the greatest performances in film history; Cries & Whispers (top photo, 1973), with another superb turn by Andersson as a woman dying of cancer, plus Ingrid Thulin and Liv Ullmann as the dying woman's creepy sisters; and Autumn Sonata (1978), which features a masterful Liv Ullmann-Ingrid Bergman acting duet-duel. (See complete schedule below.)

Ingmar BergmanBergman, who died last July at the age of 89, earned nine Academy Award nominations: in 1959, Wild Strawberries (original screenplay); 1962, Through a Glass Darkly (original screenplay); 1973, Cries & Whispers (film/producer, director, original screenplay); 1976, Face to Face (director); 1978, Autumn Sonata (original screenplay); and 1983, Fanny & Alexander (director, original screenplay).

Three of the films he directed – The Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly, and Fanny & Alexander – won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, while in 1970 Bergman himself was given the Academy's Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which honors a producer's body of work.

The Academy's mini-retrospective will feature screenings of new prints and an exhibition of biographical materials by the Swedish Institute. It is presented in association with the Swedish Institute and the Consulate General of Sweden.


The schedule/synopses below are from the Academy's press release:

Fanny and Alexander by Ingmar Bergman

Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m.
Fanny & Alexander (1982)
Set in turn-of-the-century Sweden, this haunting film chronicles several seasons in the life of the Ekdahl family, as seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy.
Academy Award winner (1983): Foreign Language Film (Sweden), Art Direction (Anna Asp), Cinematography (Sven Nykvist), Costume Design (Marik Vos)
Academy Award nominee (1983): Directing (Ingmar Bergman), Writing - Screenplay written directly for the screen (Bergman)

The Virgin Spring by Ingmar Bergman

Saturday, April 5, at 7 p.m.
The Virgin Spring (1960)
This somber fable set in medieval Sweden tells of the brutal rape and murder of an innocent girl and the chilling revenge exacted upon her attackers by her deeply religious farming family.
Academy Award winner: Foreign Language Film (Sweden)
Academy Award nominee: Black-and-White Costume Design (Marik Vos)

Harriet Andersson, Lars Passgard in Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
On an isolated island, a young woman slips into schizophrenia as her father, a writer, dispassionately chronicles her descent. The woman's discovery of the diary hastens her disintegration, and her husband and brother are implicated in her tragic fate.
Academy Award winner (1961): Foreign Language Film (Sweden)
Academy Award nominee (1962): Writing - Story and screenplay written directly for the screen (Ingmar Bergman)

Ingrid Thulin in Cries & Whispers

Sunday, April 6, at 7 p.m.
Cries & Whispers (1972)
This intense character study explores the dynamics among three sisters, one of whom is dying of cancer, and the servant who looks after her.
Academy Award winner (1973): Cinematography (Sven Nykvist)
Academy Award nominee (1973): Best Picture (Ingmar Bergman, producer), Costume Design (Marik Vos), Directing (Bergman), Writing - Story and screenplay based on factual material or material not previously published or produced (Bergman)

Liv Ullmann, Ingrid Bergman in Autumn Sonata

Autumn Sonata (1978)
In her last feature film appearance, Ingrid Bergman stars as a concert pianist reunited with her daughter (Liv Ullmann) after a seven-year estrangement; the tension between them is underscored by flashbacks from their earlier lives.
Academy Award nominee: Actress in a Leading Role (Ingrid Bergman), Writing - Screenplay written directly for the screen (Ingmar Bergman)


Tickets for each evening of “An Academy Salute to Ingmar Bergman” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. They are available by mail or at the Academy box office during regular business hours.

Tickets also may be purchased online at There are no minimum order requirements and no transaction or processing fees. Tickets may be purchased online until noon PT on the day of the event. All seating is unreserved.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue.

Photos: Courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library (Bergman), Courtesy of the Swedish Institute (Through a Glass Darkly, Cries & Whispers, The Virgin Spring, Fanny & Alexander, Autumn Sonata, Bergman with wings)

San Francisco Asian American Film Festival

At Asian Week, youll find several San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) reviews.

Annabelle A. Udo, for instance, calls Michael Kangs West 32nd (top photo) a "deftly written, detective-style film about an ambitious lawyer (played by John Cho, who can be seen elsewhere at the festival in Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay) whose intention is to free a teenager charged with murder but ends up rolling deep with a posse of gangstas in training in Manhattans Koreatown."

Philip W. Chung begins his review of Never Forever (above), explaining "many Asian Americans can identify with being the only island in a sea of Caucasian faces." In Gina Kims drama, however, the opposite is true: Vera Farmiga plays a young wife who does her best to fit into her Korean-American husbands family, to the point of paying a Korean man (Jung-Woo Ha) to impregnate her (the husband, played by David L. McInnis, is sterile).

According to Chung, the talented Farmiga, probably best known for The Departed, is the films "secret weapon," as the actress "pitches her performance just right and makes [us] believe a woman would make such choices."

West 32nd is this years SFIAAFF Centerpiece Presentation. It will be screened on Sunday, March 16, at 6 p.m. at the Castro Theatre. Filmmaker Michael Kang and John Cho are expected to attend the screening.

Never Forever will screen on Sunday, March 16, at 7:50 p.m. at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. The film will open in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco on April 11. Filmmaker Gina Kim is expected to attend the screening.

The SFIAAFF runs until March 23.

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2 Comments to Ingmar Bergman Salute in Hollywood

  1. Ivan Lee

    That's one of the most stunning photos iver seen. gotta look for some bergman films. i hope they're not too heavy.

  2. John Andersson

    I don't use the word “genius” very often, but Bergman surely deserves to be called one. I don't believe that any other director has created nearly as many great films as he did.