9780521389778

The Films of Ingmar Bergman

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521389778

  • ISBN10:

    0521389771

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-10-13
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Summary

This volume provides a concise overview of the career of one of the modern masters of world cinema. Jesse Kalin defines Bergman's conception of the human condition as a struggle to find meaning in life as it is played out. For Bergman, meaning is achieved independently of any moral absolute and is the result of a process of self-examination. Six existential themes are explored repeatedly in Bergman's films: judgment, abandonment, suffering, shame, a visionary picture, and above all, turning toward or away from others. Kalin examines how Bergman examines these themes cinematically, through close analysis of eight films: well known favorites such as Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, Smiles of a Summer Night, and Fanny and Alexander; and important but lesser known works, such as Naked Night, Shame, Cries and Whispers, and Scenes from a Marriage.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi
Preface xiii
1 Introduction: The Geography of the Soul 1(32)
PART ONE: THE FILMS OF THE FIFTIES
2 The Primal Seen: The Clowns' Evening
33(24)
3 The Journey: The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries
57(29)
4 The Great Dance: Smiles of a Summer Night
86(25)
PART TWO: SECOND THOUGHTS
5 A Dream Play: Shame
111(23)
6 The Illiterates: Cries and Whispers and Scenes from a Marriage
134(31)
PART THREE: A FINAL LOOK
7 The Little World: Fanny and Alexander
165(22)
Afterwords 187(1)
Biographical Note 187(4)
Bergman and Existentialism: A Brief Comment 191(11)
A Note on Woody Allen 202(3)
Notes 205(22)
Bibliography 227(8)
Filmography 235(10)
Index 245

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