“On the centenary of Ingmar Bergman’s birth, Scandinavia House presents a tribute to the late artist with screenings of seven films organized by Laurence Kardish (former Senior Curator of Film, MoMA), beginning with a special event with Liv Ullmann, the celebrated actress, director, and partner of Bergman. On September 26, Ullmann joins us to introduce a screening of Bergman’s final film Saraband (2003), the sequel to the iconic Scenes From a Marriage (1974), which returns to Marianne (Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson) 30 years after their divorce. After the film Ullmann will discuss the life and works of the filmmaker with Kardish. The series continues with a series of six classic Bergman titles that not only cemented his reputation in America, but contributed to the establishment of an art house cinema in the U.S.
The screenings include the erotic comedy Smiles of a Summer Night /Sommarnattens leende (September 28); art-house favorite Wild Strawberries /Smultronstället (October 3); The Magician/Ansiktet (October 5); and Academy Award-winners The Virgin Spring/Jungrukällan (October 10) and Through a Glass Darkly/Sasom I en spegel (October 12). The series will close with a screening of Persona (October 13), the first of Ullman’s many films with Bergman and one that inspired later works by Kubrick and Altman. On October 6, we will also present the new documentary Ingmar Bergman Through the Choreographer’s Eye, which presents works by four Swedish choreographers interpreting Bergman through dance, in collaboration with performers from the Royal Swedish Ballet.” — Scandinavia House
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