|Ingmar Bergmans videobibliotek og tv-stue i hans hjem på Fårø|
Bergman was an avid film buff, with a VHS collection of more than 1,500 titles, alphabetically organised, with personal notes on his favourites – "but also several thousand video films that were not catalogued, including a lot of popular culture", recalled Swedish film critic Hynek Pallas.Pallas, his fellow critic Jane Magnusson and journalist Fatima Varhos are currently finishing Bergman’s Video, a 90-minute documentary (for theatrical) and a 6x60minute television series which will offer "a new insight into the genius of Bergman and portraits of great filmmakers of today".With focus on six themes: fear, silence, comedy, death, adventure and outsiders – relevant to Bergman and the invited directors and actors – the films will feature interviews with, among others, Woody Allen, Robert de Niro, Michael Haneke, Ang Lee, Lars on Trier, Takeshi Kitano, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.Bergman’s selection comprised predictable filmmakers such as Tarkovsky, Buñuel, Truffaut, but also tapes with The Blues Brothers, Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters. Producing with Sweden’s Gädda Five Production, Swedish pubcaster SVT will airBergman’s Video later this year, and Swiss-based First Hand Films will handle international sales.
Robert De Niro förklarar varför han gått från gravallvarliga filmer som 'Taxi Driver' (1976) och 'The Deerhunter' (1978) till mer lättsamma komedier som 'Analysera mera' (1999) och 'Släkten är värst' (2000).
I Paris sitter Wes Anderson och berättar vad som får honom att skratta, Alexander Payne förklarar varför han inte tål 'Persona' (1966) och franska regissören och skådespelaren Agnes Jaoui har en annorlunda ingång på varför hon tycker Bergman är rolig.
Ingmar Bergman was born in Uppsala, Sweden, the son of Erik Bergman, a Lutheran minister and later chaplain to the King of Sweden, and Karin (Akerblom), a nurse.He grew up with his older brother Dag and sister Margareta surrounded by religious imagery and discussion. His father was a conservative parish minister with strict parenting concepts. Ingmar was locked up in dark closets for "infractions" like wetting the bed. "While father preached away in the pulpit and the congregation prayed, sang, or listened", Ingmar wrote in his autobiographyLaterna Magica:"I devoted my interest to the church’s mysterious world of low arches, thick walls, the smell of eternity, the colored sunlight quivering above the strangest vegetation of medieval paintings and carved figures on ceilings and walls. There was everything that one’s imagination could desire — angels, saints, dragons, prophets, devils, humans."Although raised in a devout Lutheran household, Bergman later stated that he lost his faith at age eight, and only came to terms with this fact while making Winter Light. Bergman's interest in theatre and film began early: "At the age of 9, he traded a set of tin soldiers for a magic lantern, a possession that altered the course of his life. Within a year, he had created, by playing with this toy, a private world in which he felt completely at home, he recalled. He fashioned his own scenery, marionettes, and lighting effects and gave puppet productions of Strindberg plays in which he spoke all the parts."