Tuesday, July 14, 2009


On July 14, 2004, director Ingmar Bergman celebrated his 86th birthday by announcing his retirement from the stage. His last production was Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts. He was far better known as a film director. The namesake of the mournful/intellectual quality known as "Bergmanesque", three time Oscar winner, nominated nine times, Bergman appears five times in A Book of Ages.

Bergman's most memorable image, from the 1957 film The Seventh Seal, is of a man on a beach playing chess with Death, which is something you see once in a while but only in Sweden. Woody Allen satirized this scene in his 1975 film Love & Death, except he had Death playing tennis, which I find more plausible.

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