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Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie (Criterion Collection) (1962)

Director: Vilgot Sjöman
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Studio: The Criterion Collection
Genre: Documentary, Foreign, Biographies, Scandinavia, Film, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 146 min.
Subtitles: English
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The year is 1961 and Ingmar Bergman is making a movie. While planted on the scene as apprentice to Bergman, Vilgot Sjöman (director, I Am CuriousYellow, 1967), suggests to Swedish Television that they take the opportunity to record with the acclaimed director. In August, Sjöman and the television crew begin to capture what would become a comprehensive five-part documentary on the making of Winter Light, offering views of script development, set construction and lighting, rehearsals and editing, as well as intimate conversations with Bergman and members of his cast and crew. Footage from the films Swedish premiere delivers immediate audience reactions and the critics reviews the following day. Originally recorded on 16mm film, the television series Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie is presented here in its entirety for the first time outside of Sweden.

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Bergman Insight by Basil918 May 10, 2004 - 7:16 PM PDT
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Fascinating and deliberate look at the making of a Bergman religious drama, Winter Light. The documentary reflects Bergman's own assertions about the primacy of rhythm in constructing a movie: this one calls for some patience as scenes are rehearsed repeatedly, film is cut, and the director's vision is slowly realized on the screen. The dialogue between Bergman and Sjoman sometimes takes a comical turn; it's as though we're watching Wood Allen's parody of Swedish self-seriousness. Yet the intentions are more sincere and demanding than grim; expectations for the viewer's attention are high. (It's hard to imagine these films winning a first-time audience today.) A very rewarding look into the otherwise invisible world of a great filmmaker, with enormous ambition, little cant, and much to please.

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