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'The Serpent's Egg' Marks One of Ingmar Bergman's Strangest Efforts

The Serpent's Egg bares many of the Bergman's trademark features – the suffocating auras of despair and an underdog's sense of triumph over tragedy – but falls short of a more intelligent rendering of human drama.

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In Ingmar Bergman's 'The Virgin Spring' God Might See but God Does Not Act

This tautly plotted story about rape, murder, and revenge is tightly tangled into another of the director's stark investigations of faith and morality.

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The 100 Essential Directors Part 1: Chantal Akerman - Bernardo Bertolucci

Neurotic New Yorkers, Queer Mavericks, Swedish close-ups and the art of putting a microphone on every person on set are but a few of the themes explored in PopMatters' first group of ten essential directors, Chantal Akerman through Bernardo Bertolucci. Please note that any perceived omissions were likely on purpose...

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A Beautiful Restoration of a Modern Classic: Bille August's 'The Best Intentions'

Bille August's The Best Intentions with a screenplay by Ingmar Bergman, offers a view of the tumultuous relationship of Bergman's parents

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'Persona' Doesn't Need to Be Understood to Be Loved

Ingmar Bergman’s film is profoundly mysterious, and the more we try to comprehend it, the farther away we move from its magic.

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100 Essential Directors - Ingmar Bergman

100 Essential Directors celebrates directors of distinct vision, who have honed their respective crafts, who have brought something new and exciting to the medium, and who continue to push the boundaries of the form.

Stuart Henderson
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Through a Glass Darkly: New York Theater Workshop (Off Broadway) - New York

Peter Cowie adds his insight into a review that considers the staged version of Through a Glass Darkly with Ingmar Bergman's masterpiece film.

Betsy Kim
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The Horror of 'The Virgin Spring'

Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring is very different from most horror films, yet similar in one very significant way.

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Sawdust and Tinsel: Criterion Collection

Couples in this film draw blood in order to feel the human warmth left behind by bruises.

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The Profound Consolation: The Use of Bach's Music in the Films of Ingmar Bergman (Part 4)

The music in Bergman's Saraband sets up numerous tensions that it never reconciles: listener and performer, individual and group, passive aestheticism and practical enactment. Music in Bergman's world offers hope, but it does not offer answers.

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A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman (1961-1963)

All three films are concerned with ideas, states of being, and subjective experience.

Michael S. Smith
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