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Highlights from 90 Years of Oscars

The first Academy Awards were handed out back in 1929. The “show” looked decidedly different then – it was in fact a dinner, the ceremony itself took 15 minutes and the awards had already been announced three weeks earlier. There were also far fewer categories. The first winner was Wings (1927), a film that is chiefly … Continue reading Highlights from 90 Years of Oscars

My 12 Favorite Ingmar Bergman Movies

It’s the year of Ingmar Bergman. The master filmmaker would have been 100 years old and his legacy has been celebrated all year, far beyond Sweden’s borders. He remains one of my favorite directors – few others have been able to penetrate our deepest and darkest emotions in such frequently powerful ways. Bergman’s films have … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Ingmar Bergman Movies

Cries and Whispers: On the Threshold of Death

I spent a weekend on the island of Gotland, including the northern island that is part of Gotland. Fårö is famous all over the world to cineastes as the home of Ingmar Bergman. That’s where he spent his last 40 years and that’s where he’s buried in a beautiful cemetery overlooking the ocean. He would … Continue reading Cries and Whispers: On the Threshold of Death

Scenes From a Marriage: Through Thick and Thin

The same year as Ingmar Bergman released his excellent Cries and Whispers he also ventured into television. His first miniseries attracted huge audiences in Sweden and inspired intense discussions. The following year, the episodes were edited into a 168 min. long feature intended for international audiences. Garnering great reviews, the miniseries was also shown in … Continue reading Scenes From a Marriage: Through Thick and Thin

Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words

Documentarian and writer Stig Björkman offers an intimate look at one of the most famous movie stars ever, using her private diary notes and film recordings of life with her family – or families, rather, since Ingrid Bergman’s incurable restlessness was a defining part of her personality. Meeting her adult children, all four of them, … Continue reading Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words

Autumn Sonata

  A famous concert pianist (Ingrid Bergman) visits her daughter (Liv Ullmann) in Sweden; the animosity between them is obvious, caused by the mother’s previous lack of presence. During the making of this film, director Ingmar Bergman was going through several crises (not least fighting government auditors) but it doesn’t really show in this passionate, … Continue reading Autumn Sonata

New Land: The Reality of the Dream

FROM “THE EMIGRANTS” DREAM CAME THE SETTLERS’ STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE… The sequel to Jan Troell’s The Emigrants (1971) is often strung together with the first film in one piece, shown on U.S. television as The Emigrant Saga. Significantly shorter than the original films, that version is also dubbed. Better then to experience both movies separately, and in fact, The … Continue reading New Land: The Reality of the Dream

The Emigrants: The Hands That Built America

A NEW LAND… A NEW HOPE… A NEW DREAM. There was apparently a time when John Ford expressed an interest in turning Vilhelm Moberg’s epic story of Swedish emigrants into a movie. The author long resisted the idea of making a film. Then he saw Here is Your Life (1966), director Jan Troell’s feature film debut, and … Continue reading The Emigrants: The Hands That Built America