For years, Woody Allen has used “surrogates”. They’re characters who are the on-screen representation of Woody Allen. Many directors do the same thing. For instance, Ingmar Bergman did it often, and he almost always used a member of his troupe of actors. Over the weekend, one of Bergman’s surrogates, Erland Josephson, passed away. He was 89 years old. He and Bergman collaborated on more than 40 films and plays. As a fan of Bergman, I am a fan of Josephson by proxy. To honor his career, here are a series of screen caps of Josephson in Bergman films. Continue reading
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Art house titan Max Von Sydow turns 82 today. During the art house explosion in America in the 50’s and 60’s, Von Sydow became a memorable face for fans of foreign cinema. Later in his career after more than two decades working with longtime collaborator Ingmar Bergman, Von Sydow made the jump across the pond to the United States. It was here that he’s forged his mid-to-late career, often appearing as science fiction or horror villains. The man simply does not give a bad performance, regardless of what type of costume he’s wearing; the genre he’s performing in; or what language he’s required to speak. Without the Bergman era, though, his career might have stalled in Swedish theaters. And so on his birthday today, let’s honor Von Sydow’s Bergman era films. Here are five powerful Von Sydow roles in Ingmar Bergman films. Continue reading
Who better to send Christmas wishes to my readers for me this year than Ingmar Bergman, an atheist whose films were the antithesis of holiday merriment? In other words, here are a bunch of images from Bergman films where people are wearing Santa hats. And in the one case where there’s nudity, I’ve found a way to cover her shame. Her beautiful, beautiful shame.