Ingmar Bergman — ca. 1936.

Ingmar Bergman — ca. 1936.

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When I write I must try to capture something in words which for all useful purposes, you might say, can’t be expressed in words. Later it is necessary to translate the words again so that in quite another context they’ll come alive. To be sure, so long as I have a firm grasp on my point of departure, there will always be an inner relationship between the original vision I had and the completed, materialized picture-sequence.

While that original conception must always be in the background, I must not let it become too dictatorial, since, for one thing, I must be prepared to modify it when I switch from writing to directing. For another, my actors, too, have a right – to say nothing of an obligation – to draw straws, to choose among alternatives. The whole process is essentially creative. You write down a melodic line and after that, with the orchestra, you work out the instrumentation.

-Ingmar Bergman (July 14, 1918-July 30, 2007)


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Susanna and the Elders, by Tintoretto, circa 1555
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.

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Persona Dir: Ingmar Bergman (1966)

“I understand, all right. The hopeless dream of being - not seeming, but being. At every waking moment, alert. The gulf between what you are with others and what you are alone. The vertigo and the constant hunger to be exposed, to be seen through, perhaps even wiped out. Every inflection and every gesture a lie, every smile a grimace.”

Liv Ullmann: “I was always reading a book in-between takes and once I looked up and they were still doing a lot with the camera…and…and I…looked up and Sven Nykvist, the cinematographer, was doing things with the camera and then, there, doing nothing…was Ingmar and he was just…looking at me. And I knew…he…he felt something for me.”

“You know, soon after we met, Ingmar told me he had a dream that we would be ‘painfully connected’. And painful it was and connected it was.” Liv Ullmann on her relationship with Director Ingmar Bergman.

Scenes from a Marriage Dir: Ingmar Bergman (1973)

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Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Self Portrait, (1623)

Portrait of a Young Woman with a Child, c. 1618 by Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, 1599—1641

Study Head of an Old Man with a White Beard
Anthony van Dyck, c. 1617-1620

"The hug"
Artist: Egon Schiele
Year: 1917