Today in History (1918): Ingmar Bergman is born

Ernst Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish director, writer and producer. He actively worked for film, stage and television for more than 60 years, earning him recognition as one of the most influential film directors of his time.

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Bergman worked as a stage director and theater manager before dedicating himself to directing films. His directorial debut was Crisis in 1945.

Among other notable wins and nominations, Bergman won the Academy Award three times for Best Foreign Film. His introspective work became the definition of the 1960’s and 1970’s European art house films.

His most renowned films include Cries and Whispers (1973), The Seventh Seal (1957), The Silence (1963), Fanny Alexander (1982), Shame (1968), Hour of the Wolf (1968), Sawdust and Tinsel(1953), The Magician (1958), Persona (1966), The Virgin Spring (1960), Through a Glass Darkly (1961), and Winter Light (1962).

Bergman’s major film subjects were faith, betrayal, death and insanity. He consistently used cinema as a medium for creative art and personal expression.

With son Daniel and wife Kibi Laretai. Photo by Lennart Nilsson/AFP via The Guardian

The accomplished director was married five times and had nine children. He spoke fluent Swedish, French and English. Bergman admired the works of Francois Truffaut and Jean-Pierre Melville. He had no relation to actress Ingrid Bergman.

In 1987 Bergman wrote a memoir entitled Magic Lantern followed by Images: My Life in Film in 1990. He died on July 30, 2007 at the age of 89.

Information for this article was sourced from Wikipedia.

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