Episode 236 – Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman. Perhaps the most thoroughly analysed and debated filmmakers in history. His works are required viewing for any student of the medium and he has been widely credited as one of the most influential directors of all time. So what could we possibly add to the discussion? How about simply sharing our perspectives on a selection of titles considered to be among Bergman’s greatest accomplishments.

Our spotlight focuses on the material that gravitates to our genre of choice but the subjects of mortality and physcological unravelling are dominant in many of his works along with common themes of religious faith and the existential struggle we all suffer in trying to understand the purpose of life.

We keep it pretty accessible though as we discuss our viewings of The Virgin Spring (1960), The Seventh Seal (1957), The Hour of the Wolf (1968) and Persona (1966) – with a dash of Wild Strawberries thrown in. So following up on our previous subjects of arthouse cinema and Nordic film we present a narrowly focused Ingmar Bergman spotlight. As with his works, please set the mood and close off the distractions of the outside world as we discuss… film!

The Walking Dead homage to Office Space (spoilers = season 2, episode 12):

Still another week to qualify for one of the four 4 volume graphic novel prize packages from 2000AD

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2 Responses to Episode 236 – Ingmar Bergman

  1. Karen says:

    Well, well, well…you’ve really made good on your promise, boys! Haven’t listened yet–but I will on my way to work tomorrow! All I keep thinking of is the that Second City sketch satirizing Bergman’s work. “whispers of the wolf”. “Terteen, terteen!” and “Shrimpkin”.

  2. dirk ambient says:

    Nice show, thanks as always. Your commentary really re-invigorates already great films.
    I suggest Cries & Whispers- it is no more “horror” than Persona, but very rich in foreboding atmosphere and lurid color.
    As to Eraserhead- I suggest you give it another try. Let the academics talk about what it “means”; for me there is plenty of, umm, beauty and yummy gnarliness on the surface. Compared with later Lynch (which tries my patience), I find it to be a quite straightforward narrative- even the digressions are coherent within the worlds they set up.
    The way I see it, its about a guy from whom many demands are made, who yearns for something else.