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This concise overview of the career of one of the modern masters of world cinema defines Ingmar Bergman's conception of the human condition as a struggle to find meaning in life as it is played out. After examining six existential themes explored repeatedly in Bergman's films--judgment, abandonment, suffering, shame, a visionary picture, and a turning toward or away from others--Jesse Kalin shows how these themes are expressed in eight of his films, including well known favorites such as Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, Smiles of a Summer Night, and Fanny and Alexander. Other important but lesser known films covered include Naked Night, Shame, Cries and Whispers, and Scenes from a Marriage.Read more
- Accessible to students, of interest to scholars
- Discussions of key images that occur throughout Bergman's films
- Philosophical approach to films
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- Date Published: October 2003
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521389778
- length: 268 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.43kg
- contains: 23 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: The geography of the soul
Part I. The Films of the Fifties:
2. The primal seen: The Clowns' Evening
3. The journey: The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries
4. The great dance: Smiles of a Summer Night
Part II: Second Thoughts:
5. A dream play: Shame
6. The illiterates: Cries and Whispers, Scenes from a Marriage, and the Films of the 1970s
Part III: A Final Look:
7. The little world: Fanny and Alexander
Afterwards: Biographical note
Bergman and existentialism: a brief comment
A note on Woody Allen
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