Celebrating 100 years of Ingmar Bergman

 

No one has done more to keep the name of Ingmar Bergman in the cinema audience’s consciousness than the American film-maker, Woody Allen. If one of his lead characters (played by himself) wants to treat a new girlfriend, for example, it will be to join the queue at a New York rerun theatre for a Bergman film. The point being made is a humble genuflection in his hero’s direction, assuring us, in effect – you might think this (Allen’s) film is half decent – it won’t be a patch on anything by the Swedish master.

I was in a very hot Brisbane a year ago and had no intention whatsoever of spending any time indoors. Then I discovered that the city’s modern art gallery was holding a retrospective of thirty or so Bergman films, spanning the near sixty years of his career. From ‘Summer with Monika’ to ‘Winter Light’ - performances every afternoon and evening for a fortnight. Entry was free. Film after magnificent film from forty, fifty, sixty years ago, many I had seen before, no matter, all as fresh as paint. I thought I’d gone to heaven.

David Holman

 

3 opportunities to see Bergman during the festival:

 

Film
Rating
Venue
Duration
Date
Time
Tickets
Smiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens Leende) PG The Rex 1h48m 15/10/2018 7.15pm £7; £5.50 students & U25
The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet) X The Lighthouse Poole 1h36m 25/10/2018 5.45pm £9.00; Student £6.50; Senior £8.00
Wild Strawberries A Durlston Castle Fine Foundation Gallery 1h31m 14/10/2018 7.30pm £7; £6 students & U25

 


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