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Ingmar Bergman: A Reference Guide

Birgitta Steene
Copyright Date: 2005
Pages: 1152
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    Ingmar Bergman
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    Since the 1940s when he first made his appearance in the Swedish film and theatre world, Ingmar Bergman has produced a large body of work for the screen, the stage and the print media. He has made more than fifty films, set up some two hundred theatre, TV and radio productions, and published scripts, plays, fiction and memoirs. His reputation today is worldwide and he takes his place in the annals of film, theatre and television history. This exhaustive compendium covers Bergman's life, his cultural background and his entire artistic career. Individual chapters deal with his contributions to the cinema, the theatre, radio and television as well as his authorship. The material includes references to his unpublished work housed under the auspices of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation at the Swedish Film Institute. The Reference Guide also contains extensive annotated bibliographies of interviews and critical writings on Ingmar Bergman. It is the ultimate source for all scholars of the Scandinavian master. A critical overview and an annotated record of the career of the Swedish filmmaker, stage director and author, written by a world authority on Bergman

    eISBN: 978-90-485-0881-5
    Subjects: Film Studies

Table of Contents

  1. Chapter I Life and Work
    (pp. 23-47)

    Some dates of birth seem auspicious from the start. Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born on Sunday, July 14, 1918. According to Swedish folklore, a child born on Sunday is gifted with second sight, whereas July 14 – Bastille Day – is one of those historical dates that have forever taken on symbolic meaning, signifying rebellion and protest. No astrological prediction could have been more appropriate in Bergman’s case. When he burst onto the Swedish theatre and film scene in the early 1940s, two things became immediately clear: He was a remarkably intense and gifted young man drawn both to the...

  2. Chapter II The Writer
    (pp. 49-129)

    Bergman’s writing encompasses his entire creative life. His earliest pieces were jotted down in notebooks, some of them to be developed later into plays, film scripts, and short pieces of fiction. The original drafts are deposited in a special Bergman archive at the Swedish Film Institute, where the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, constituted in 2002, will administer, preserve and convey knowledge about Bergman’s collected artistic work. A special database is being developed. Maaret Koskinen has recorded and discussed some of this material in her bookI begynnelsen var ordet. Ingmar Bergman och hans tidiga författarskap(2002).

    Some early stage plays by...

  3. Chapter III The Filmmaker
    (pp. 131-153)

    To follow a highly visible and prolific artist’s production is to partake in the making of a creative persona, which may undergo different metamorphoses over the years, depending upon the kind and degree of mythmaking that particular cultural contexts help formulate. The public image of a young Ingmar Bergman in the emerging Swedishfolkhemof the 1940s differs from the critical view of him in the politicized 1960s or the portrait of him as an aging artistic giant in the early 21st century. For just as personalities change and develop over the years, so do the esthetic and cultural interpretations...

  4. Chapter IV Filmography
    (pp. 155-369)

    The Filmography Chapter lists in chronological order all screen works that were scripted and/or directed by Ingmar Bergman. Each film entry comprises a plot synopsis, credits, notes, critical commentaries, a reception summary, and reviews. The credits include major crew members and a complete cast list. Names of Swedish cinemas where a film first opened are usually limited to one or two samples. Commentaries for those Bergman scripts that have been filmed by other directors tend to be less extensive, unless the Bergman script became the subject of a media debate.

    The title heading used in each entry is the Swedish...

  5. Chapter V Ingmar Bergman and the Media: Radio and Television Work
    (pp. 371-453)

    In this chapter are listed works written and/or directed by Ingmar Bergman for radio or television. Some items originally produced for the cinema or the theatre and later adapted to the media are cross-listed more fully in either the Filmography Chapter (IV) or in the Theatre chapter (VI). Most listed productions are available for listening and viewing at SALB (Statens arkiv för ljud och bild); see Varia, Archival sources.

    The radio play was an established genre in Swedish broadcasting and not without a certain cultural prestige when Ingmar Bergman made his debut there in 1946. Many wellknown Swedish writers had...

  6. Chapter VI Ingmar Bergman in the Theatre
    (pp. 455-771)

    This chapter consists of two parts: The first is an overview of Bergman’s lifelong career in the theatre. The second is a listing of his entire record on stage, including his opera work and productions of his own plays, whether directed by him or by others. For specific examples of Bergman’s stagecraft, the overview may be juxtaposted to the Commentaries to the individual entries in part (2).

    For a fuller account of reviewer response to Bergman’s theatre work, see Henrik Sjögren’s two booksIngmar Bergman på teatern(1968, ➢ 548) andLek och raseri.Ingmar Bergmans teater1938-2002 (2002, ➢...

  7. Chapter VII Ingmar Bergman in Theatre and Media: A Bibliography
    (pp. 773-815)

    This bibliography consists of annotated articles and studies dealing with Ingmar Bergman’s playwriting and stagecraft in general, including radio and TV theatre. Interviews with Bergman concerning stage and media matters are annotated here rather than in the Interview Chapter, (VIII). However, reviews and articles dealing with aspecificstage or media production are normally listed under that item’s entry in Section 2 of Theatre Chapter (VI), or in Media Chapter (V) but are cross-listed here if they contain major assessments of Bergman’s craft or address a concurrent theatre or media debate. Bergman’s own play texts, play fragments (published and unpublished),...

  8. Theatre, opera, tv and radio productions by Ingmar Bergman
    (pp. 816-825)

    The listing includes all stage productions directed or written by Ingmar Bergman, including radio and TV transmissions of works produced specifically for these media, as well as complete media transmissions of stage performances. In cases where another director was responsible for a Bergman stage or media play, an asterix (*) appears before the date of the item....

  9. Chapter VIII Interviews with Ingmar Bergman
    (pp. 827-877)

    This chapter lists a selection of published interviews and interview articles, as well as radio and television interviews with Ingmar Bergman. Note however that interviews (including brief broadcast interviews often done by telephone) which address a specific film or play production are listed in the Commentaries to the appropriate item in the Filmography, Media and Theatre Chapters (IV, V, VI). Some interviews dealing exclusively with theatre items are cross-listed in Theatre/Media Bibliography, Chapter VII. Bergman’s self-interviews in early theatre programs are listed in Chapter II (Bergman as Writer). See also list of TV documentaries in Varia, which usually include interview...

  10. Chapter IX Works on Ingmar Bergman
    (pp. 879-1029)

    This chapter lists in chronological order bibliographical items that address Ingmar Bergman’s life and work, except for items pertaining to Bergman’s stagecraft and media productions, which are listed in the Theatre/Media Bibliography (Chapter VII), and interviews, which are found in Chapter VIII. Review articles and essays dealing with asinglescreenplay, film or theatre production are listed under the appropriate item in either the Filmography, Media or Theatre Chapters (IV, V and VI). Longer articles on individual films or produced plays, which are deemed of special importance are cross-listed and annotated here.

    As in the Theatre/Media Bibliography (Chapter VII) selective...

  11. Chapter X Varia
    (pp. 1031-1054)

    Varia consists of four parts:

    A. Media documentaries on Ingmar Bergman

    B. Ingmar Bergman: Stage and Screen Performances

    C. Awards and Tributes to Ingmar Bergman

    D. Archival Sources

    The following abbreviated references are used:

    BBC (British Broadcast Corporation)

    CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

    MT&R (Museum of Television and Radio)

    SALB (Statens arkviv för ljud och bild)

    SFI (Swedish Film Institute)

    Listed below are major Media documentaries about Ingmar Bergman that include clips from his films or his theatre/media productions. Included are also ‘behind-the-scenes’ TV documentaries from the shooting of the following works directed by Bergman:The Magic Flute, Fanny and Alexander,...

  12. Subject Index Supplement: Literature on Bergman
    (pp. 1071-1076)