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Bergman: A Year in a Life

Bergman – ett år, ett liv

This centennial portrait of the great Swedish writer-director is packed with wonderful footage of his most prolific year.

Image from Bergman: A Year in a Life

Sweden-Norway 2018
Dir Jane Magnusson
With Ingmar Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Gunnel Lindblom, Elliott Gould
English subtitles
Certificate 15
A BFI release

Jane Magnusson’s documentary centres on 1957, a turbulent but miraculously productive year when Bergman, besides unveiling The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries and working extensively in theatre and TV, led a messily complicated domestic life that included a spell in hospital. This focus is merely the springboard for a survey that spirals out to embrace everything from childhood to old age, touching on his many creative achievements, his strengths and failings as a man, and the way his art derived from his life. Illuminating anecdotes are offered by many who knew him – none, however, perhaps quite as revealing as Ingmar’s own testimony.

Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

Also available on BFI Player.

The screening of Bergman: A Year in a Life on Friday 25 January 18:10 will feature a Q&A with Jane Magnusson.

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