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Ingmar Bergman was a great Swedish director, producer and writer

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BirthdayJuly 14, 1918
Died onJuly 30, 2007
NationalitySwedish
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actors
GenderMale
Sun SignCancer
Died at Age89

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Who is Ingmar Bergman?

Considered as one of the greatest directors and filmmakers of the 20th century by many, Ingmar Bergman enjoys a special status in the Swedish film industry of Sweden as well as in the global film arena. In his long and prolific career, he directed more than 40 films, 3 of which won the prestigious Academy Awards. Claimed by Woody Allen to be "Probably the greatest film artist, all things considered, since the invention of the motion picture camera", he set new landmarks in the history of filmmaking through his sheer brilliance and deep understanding of human pathos. Realism is what he sought and conveyed through his movies and all his life, he made movies based on themes that people can associate (themselves) with. His technique was exceptional and groundbreaking, and also changed the common perception of people about films and character portrayal. Often dealing with diverse subjects, his movies reflected a constant transformation in his style and theme of works. Consequently, none of his movies were repetitive and hence, never faced the threat of becoming the run-of-the-mill. Today, his movies are highly regarded by filmmakers from all parts of the world and enjoy a cult status. To know more about this legendary film and theatre personality, read the biography below.

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Childhood & Early Life

Bergman was born into a strict Lutheran family to Erik Bergman, who was a Lutheran minister and Karin, a nurse.

He was just nine when he developed a fascination for films and bought a ‘laterna magica’ or ‘magic lantern’, an early image protector made in the 17th century.

He joined the Stockholm University College in 1937 to study art and literature and also became involved in theatre. He could not complete college but wrote plays and also an opera which helped him get a job as an assistant director at a theater.

Career

In 1942, he directed a play ‘Caspar's Death’ which was also written by him. The play caught the attention of ‘AB Svensk Filmindustri’, a Swedish film production company, in which he was offered a job.

As a director, his breakthrough in the film industry came with the 1944 movie ‘Torment/Frenzy’ in which he was an assistant director to Alf Sj�berg.

With the 1955 movie ‘Sommarnattens leende’ (Smiles of a Summer Night), he achieved worldwide recognition and the movie was nominated for the prestigious Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1956.

In 1957, another movie ‘The Seventh Seal’ directed by him earned a Palme d'Or nomination at Cannes. The next two decades saw a series of blockbuster movies by him and he became one of the most sought-after directors in the industry.

In 1966, he came up with ‘Persona’ which he considered to be his masterpiece. The movie earned great critical appreciation and is considered “one of the 20th century’s great works of art”.

Apart from the good number of films he directed, Bergman wrote and directed an extremely famous TV series ‘Scenes from a Marriage’ (Scener ur ett �ktenskap) in 1973.

In 1975, he produced a film version of Mozart's opera ‘Die Zauberfl�te’ which became the first made-for-television film.

His career in Swedish film industry was cut short when he was arrested in 1976 on the grounds of income tax evasion. He then decided to quit from filmmaking in Sweden and thought of directing American movies.

In 1977, he directed ‘The Serpent's Egg’ an American-West German drama film and in 1978 he directed a British-Norwegian film ‘Autumn Sonata’.

He declared that ‘Fanny and Alexander’ (1982) would be his last movie after which he directed some TV specials and wrote scripts for movies. However, he directed one more movie ‘Saraband’ in 2003 which became his last.

Major Works

His 1960 film ‘The Virgin Spring’ which is based on the themes of exploitation and moral justice won an Academy Award. It amassed $700,000 at the box-office in USA and was also the inspiration for the 1972 American horror film ‘The Last House on the Left’.

In 1961, he directed ‘Through a Glass Darkly’ which also won an Academy Award in 1962.

Another famous movie directed by him was ‘Fanny and Alexander’ which won four Academy Awards in 1984 with a box office turnover of $6,783,304.

Awards & Achievements

Bergman’s ‘The Virgin Spring’ an exploitation-horror film of 1960, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

His ‘Through a Glass Darkly’ released in 1961 also won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and so did his ‘Fanny and Alexander’. Besides winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, ‘Fanny and Alexander’ won three more Academy Awards.

Personal Life & Legacy

Bergman’s first wife was Else Fisher, a choreographer and dancer, whom he married in March 1943. The couple had one daughter Lena Bergman who was born the same year. They were divorced in 1945.

Ellen Lundstr�m, a choreographer and film director became his second wife in 1945. He fathered four children Eva, Jan, Mats and Anna before getting divorced in 1950.

From 1951 to 1959, he was married to Gun Grut, a journalist who gave birth to their son Ingmar Bergman Jr. in 1951.

He married K�bi Laretei a concert pianist in 1959 and had a son Daniel Bergman in 1962. The couple got separated in 1969.

Ingrid von Rosen was his fifth wife whom he married on 11 November, 1971. She died of stomach cancer on 20 May, 1995 at the age of 65. The couple had a daughter, Maria von Rosen.

Bergman died in his sleep at the age of 89.

Trivia

The day this legendary Swedish director and filmmaker died, another great filmmaker and director, Michelangelo Antonioni, from Italy also passed away.

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Ingmar Bergman awards

YearNameAward

BAFTA Awards

1976Best Foreign ProgrammeTrollflöjten (1975)

Ingmar Bergman biography timelines

  • // 14th Jul 1918
    Bergman was born into a strict Lutheran family to Erik Bergman, who was a Lutheran minister and Karin, a nurse.
  • // 1937
    He joined the Stockholm University College in 1937 to study art and literature and also became involved in theatre. He could not complete college but wrote plays and also an opera which helped him get a job as an assistant director at a theater.
  • // 1942
    In 1942, he directed a play ‘Caspar's Death’ which was also written by him. The play caught the attention of ‘AB Svensk Filmindustri’, a Swedish film production company, in which he was offered a job.
  • // 1943 To 1945
    Bergman’s first wife was Else Fisher, a choreographer and dancer, whom he married in March 1943. The couple had one daughter Lena Bergman who was born the same year. They were divorced in 1945.
  • // 1944
    As a director, his breakthrough in the film industry came with the 1944 movie ‘Torment/Frenzy’ in which he was an assistant director to Alf Sj�berg.
  • // 1945 To 1950
    Ellen Lundstr�m, a choreographer and film director became his second wife in 1945. He fathered four children Eva, Jan, Mats and Anna before getting divorced in 1950.
  • // 1951 To 1959
    From 1951 to 1959, he was married to Gun Grut, a journalist who gave birth to their son Ingmar Bergman Jr. in 1951.
  • // 1955
    With the 1955 movie ‘Sommarnattens leende’ (Smiles of a Summer Night), he achieved worldwide recognition and the movie was nominated for the prestigious Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1956.
  • // 1957
    In 1957, another movie ‘The Seventh Seal’ directed by him earned a Palme d'Or nomination at Cannes. The next two decades saw a series of blockbuster movies by him and he became one of the most sought-after directors in the industry.
  • // 1959 To 1969
    He married K�bi Laretei a concert pianist in 1959 and had a son Daniel Bergman in 1962. The couple got separated in 1969.
  • // 1960
    Bergman’s ‘The Virgin Spring’ an exploitation-horror film of 1960, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • // 1966
    In 1966, he came up with ‘Persona’ which he considered to be his masterpiece. The movie earned great critical appreciation and is considered “one of the 20th century’s great works of art”.
  • // 1971
    Ingrid von Rosen was his fifth wife whom he married on 11 November, 1971. She died of stomach cancer on 20 May, 1995 at the age of 65. The couple had a daughter, Maria von Rosen.
  • // 1973
    Apart from the good number of films he directed, Bergman wrote and directed an extremely famous TV series ‘Scenes from a Marriage’ (Scener ur ett �ktenskap) in 1973.
  • // 1975
    In 1975, he produced a film version of Mozart's opera ‘Die Zauberfl�te’ which became the first made-for-television film.
  • // 1976
    His career in Swedish film industry was cut short when he was arrested in 1976 on the grounds of income tax evasion. He then decided to quit from filmmaking in Sweden and thought of directing American movies.
  • // 30th Jul 2007
    Bergman died in his sleep at the age of 89.

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Ingmar Bergman's FAQ

  • What is Ingmar Bergman birthday?

    Ingmar Bergman was born at 1918-07-14

  • When was Ingmar Bergman died?

    Ingmar Bergman was died at 2007-07-30

  • Which age was Ingmar Bergman died?

    Ingmar Bergman was died at age 89

  • What is Ingmar Bergman nationalities?

    Ingmar Bergman's nationalities is Swedish

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