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.