Jack Meyer: Grattis På Födelsedagen, Ingmar Bergman!
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July 14 marks the birthday of legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. The quintessential art house filmmaker would have turned ninety-five this year. Bergman crafted mesmerizing, and, often, disturbing films which explored existential themes of dread and isolation. To the average moviegoer, the films of Bergman seem heavy-handed and inaccessible; in other words, his films should be reserved for film theory classes and artistic types who genuinely understand the language of the enigmatic Swede. Yet, once this veil of intimidation has been lifted, moviegoers will realize Bergman's films are unexpectedly accessible and compelling. Bergman is one of my favorite directors of all time. I revisit his films as if they are musty old novels, and I am always surprised to discover something new about a character (and sometimes myself), in one of Bergman's spellbinding works.
I like to think of Bergman as a sort of filmic philosopher and psychiatrist. Bergman explored ideas such as
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