- Taschenbuch: 205 Seiten
- Verlag: Conversations With Filmmakers; Auflage: New. (4. Februar 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1578062187
- ISBN-13: 978-1578062188
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,1 x 1,9 x 22,8 cm
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Ingmar Bergman: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers (Paperback)) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. Februar 2008
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Although Ingmar Bergman (b. 1918) holds an undisputed place in the cinematic pantheon, mention of his name usually evokes images of monolithic doom and despair. All of his pictures, including numerous comedies, deal seriously with faith, morality, and mortality, but audiences and critics often neglect the extraordinary wit and vitality found in many of his movies. This unique collection begins with an interview from 1957, conducted as Bergman completed his early masterpiece "The Seventh Seal", and ends in 2002 as he was preparing to direct his latest film, "Saraband". Throughout the interviews, the director discusses the various stages of his career, and the many surprising, thoughtful, complex, and profound facets of his work.
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Readers who pick up Raphael Shargel's collection of Bergman interviews in the hope that the master will explain what his films are about will be disappointed. Bergman tells us that he wants to elicit emotional experiences first and cerebral ones second in his films; that dreams have influenced his scripts and his director's eye; that he works best when his days are rigorously scheduled; that he thinks a film is "selected reality" (p. 106), which reminds me of Tarkovksy's beautiful characterization of film-making as "sculpting time"; that he thinks a certain "childishness"--a naivete, an openness to experience--is essential for good art. But what Bergman doesn't do, appropriately enough, is tell us how to interpret his films. So in many ways, his intervews are as mysterious as his artworks.
The interviews collected by Shargel vary in quality. As I've mentioned, Richard Meryman's is the best of the lot, closely followed by A. Alvarez's. The "Playboy" interview conducted by Cynthia Grenier is worse than worthless, and seems intent on focusing on little else than sex in "The Silence" (the interview was conducted shortly after the film's American debut). There are numerous typos in the text. "Feeling" is consistently spelled "felling," for example, and at one point Bergman is referred to as the "15 year old creator of 'The Silence'"! The only other book I've read by the University of Mississippi Press was also poorly proofed. Strange that an academic press is so careless in its copyediting.
Shargel's collection is a decent starting point for readers new to Bergman, but better ones include Bergman's memoirs, The Magic Lantern (2007) and Images (1995). Jesse Kalin's The Films of Ingmar Bergman (2003) is highly recommended for serious students.