Ingmar Bergman

Stage and Film Director
Born Jul 14, 1918

Ernst Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish director, writer and producer for film, stage and television. Described by Woody Allen as "probably the greatest film artist, all things considered, since the invention of the motion picture camera," he is recognized as one of the most accomplished and influential film directors of all time. He directed over sixty films and documentaries for cinematic release and for television, most of which he also wrote.… Read More

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1918 Birth Born in 1918.


1934 16 Years Old In 1934, aged 16, he was sent to Germany to spend the summer vacation with family friends. … Read More
1937 19 Years Old In 1937 he entered Stockholm University College (later renamed Stockholm University) to study art and literature. … Read More


1942 24 Years Old In 1942 he was given the chance to direct one of his own scripts, Caspar’s Death. … Read More
1943 25 Years Old He married Else Fisher in 1943. … Read More


1949 31 Years Old During the next ten years, he wrote and directed more than a dozen films including The Devil’s Wanton/Prison (Fängelse) in 1949 as well as The Naked Night/Sawdust and Tinsel (Gycklarnas afton) and Summer with Monika (Sommaren med Monika), both from 1953. … Read More
1953 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Bergman began working with Sven Nykvist, his cinematographer, in 1953. … Read More


1960 42 Years Old He was the director of the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm from 1960 to 1966 and manager from 1963 to 1966, where he began a long-time collaboration with choreographer Donya Feuer. … Read More


1970 52 Years Old The investigation was focused on an alleged 1970 transaction of 500,000 Swedish kronor (SEK) between Bergman’s Swedish company Cinematograf and its Swiss subsidiary Persona, an entity that was mainly used for the paying of salaries to foreign actors.
1971 53 Years Old In 1971, Bergman received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award at the Academy Awards ceremony. … Read More
1974 56 Years Old Bergman dissolved Persona in 1974 after having been notified by the Swedish Central Bank and subsequently reported the income.
1976 58 Years Old 1 More Event
On 30 January 1976, while rehearsing August Strindberg’s Dance of Death at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, he was arrested by two plainclothes police officers and charged with income tax evasion. … Read More


1978 60 Years Old Although he continued to operate from Munich, by mid-1978 Bergman had overcome some of his bitterness toward the government of Sweden. … Read More
1984 66 Years Old Still, he remained in Munich until 1984. … Read More
2003 85 Years Old Bergman retired from filmmaking in December 2003.
2006 88 Years Old He had hip surgery in October 2006 and was making a difficult recovery.
2007 89 Years Old 1 More Event
He died peacefully in his sleep, at his home on Fårö, on 30 July 2007, at the age of 89, the same day that another renowned film director, Michelangelo Antonioni, also died.
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