25 October, 2020

Trespass On Dreams

To me, even more than Antonioni, Bergman was one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century.

Trespass On Dreams
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It was an eerie coincidence that two masters of world cinema, Bergman and Antonioni, passed away in quick succession this week. To me, even more than Antonioni, Bergman was one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. With 54 films, he was extremely prolific and kept making films right from '46 all the way till the mid-'80s, when he shot Fanny and Alexander. The output wasn't just enormous but of a very high quality.

Bergman shot with the same set of actors he had from the very beginning of his filmmaking, who were committed to working with him throughout their careers. People like Liv Ullman, Bibi Andersson, Max von Sydow. The legendary cinematographer Sven Nykvist, who died last year, began working with Bergman in the '60s and shot most of his major work. It was almost like a formidable repertory company, Bergman cultivated his performers with immense care. He did plays (126 productions) in the winters and films in the summers. It was a pattern of working followed by other filmmakers in cold European...
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