I moved my hand to her breast, which was small and slack, with an erect black nipple. It used to be said that his tax bill was as big as those of the rest of the islanders put together. The Film Institute was founded in 1963 and its present building completed seven years later, in 1970. After provoking a mass brawl, he blunders his way into her dressing room. The studio space where Bergman shot Fanny and Alexander is the heart of the building.
They may have been passionate about his life and work, but Bergmanophilia seemed very much a special interest. He shows the contradictory impulses driving the impressionable young heroine. As the camera trains on his face, his voice becomes inaudible. The director later credited writer-actress Tengroth with teaching him a crucial lesson about storytelling, namely that tiny details, if acutely enough observed, can be as telling as big, melodramatic set-pieces. They are all shortly due to be confirmed into the church. He had at least some capacity for joy. I felt he liked me as a musician and a person.
An old man in the twilight of his life is confronted by a difficult family. Thanks, also, to Payal Malik for her diligent copy editing. The metaphor of the marionette is used again and again in his work. Bergman touches on some very dark subjects — poverty, prostitution, the killing of a child. Like his director, he aspires to be worldly wise but appears callow and very young.
Describing his attraction for cinema, he uses an extraordinary array of metaphors. Eva sees Bergman giving his childhood an improbable Huck Finnlike spin. He would shout and leave us dramatically. His father was appointed chaplain to the Royal Hospital in Sophiahemmet in 1924. That was the epiphany for me, not as an artist, but as a person. Lula Marina Shoif lives alone and works in a gruelling job in a casino.
They collaborated happily on the screenplay. It still feels terrible to think that I could have been so incredibly cruel. The archive stretched from the late 1930s, when Bergman was starting out as a theatre director, right Introduction 5 through to the workbook for his final film, Saraband in 2003. There is even a moment prefiguring the famous sequence with the knight and the Grim Reaper on the beach at the start of The Seventh Seal. As a young kid, he worshipped his mother and craved her attention. He is alert to the many sudden changes in mood — the mix of tenderness and loathing, affection and contempt, with which the bickering lovers treat one another.
On the other, he was stuck in the provinces, and his film career — after all the expectation created by Frenzy — appeared to have stalled. Bergman had helped fix the image of Swedes abroad. They are helped in this ambition when they are allowed to stay in a small cottage in the countryside for a minimal rent. She is slowly being worn down by the rigours of her job. The influence stretched into some surprising corners. That is the only thing he misses here in Faro, to have live music in concert halls. But I had heard from Ingmar how he was treated as a child and I could never get over that.
He was married to nurse Karin Åkerblom, his. Then I saw it was Smiles of a Summer Night. Regardless of its quality, the sheer size of his filmography is astounding. Alma The Nurse Bibi Andersson in Persona. The ads were all shot on 35 mm and made for the cinema.
Two lonely, marginalised figures, they fall in love. The wife ends up impoverished and alone with her two children, contemplating suicide. In flashbacks, we see him rebuffing her as he sits drinking. What seemed like an interesting formal experiment then appeared horribly self-indulgent when the director revisited the film during the preparation for his book, Images. This delayed its release for over a year. I think the world changed for me, ever since.
Then he meets Ingrid again. He liked to emphasise the dream-like quality of cinema — the fact that when you are watching a film, you are not watching real movement but an illusion. His image had been on the front cover of Time magazine in March 1960, at around the time of The Virgin Spring. They could have love affairs. Appearing at a time when only a few of Bergman's films seem to get screened with regularity, and younger critics and students have little awareness of his substantial and challenging oeuvre, Macnab's book is a well-timed reminder of the work of one of the pillars of European art cinema. Even so, it is an impressive performance, combining machismo and melancholy. The Erik he portrays is thin-skinned and suspicious.
He yearned to own such a magical piece of equipment. However, she remains the same inscrutable and elusive presence. We see the elderly father Johan Erland Josephson humiliate his cash-strapped 61-year-old son Henrik Borje Ahlstedt in utterly vicious fashion. This image showed Death playing chess with a knight. It was only fitting that he should make an eye-catching entrance. When he was a boy just on the threshold of puberty, he claims in an anecdote which may have been apocryphal but clearly had an immense symbolic resonance for him, he was locked inside the mortuary at the Sophiahemmet.