Over his long and extensive career Ingmar Bergman directed on 71 different occasions. His filmography consists of feature films, TV movies, documentaries, shorts, a series of made for TV mini series’ and a segment in 1967’s Stimulantia. He was nominated for 9 academy awards, and up until and after his passing in 2007, managed to secure himself as one of the greatest and one of the most influential directors of all time.
During his earlier years he seemed to be an unstoppable force whereas Swedish cinema was concerned, and between the years of 1941 and 1976, he was responsible for such greats as Wild Strawberries, Through a Glass Darkly, Cries and Whispers, The Virgin Spring, Persona, The Seventh Seal (which I consider to be his finest work) and he seemed to be showing no sign of slowing down.
And then something happened. In 1976 Bergman was accused of tax evasion and despite the dropping of the charges, he vowed never to return to Sweden to work again, and went into self imposed exile. But thankfully after working in Britain and Germany for a while he eventually returned to his homeland to direct when It suited him. His most recognized work from that time was arguably Fanny and Alexander.
Eventually Bergman did retire from film making in 2003 and was sadly found dead in his home on the island of Fårö in 2007. He passed away in his sleep.
But whilst he did lose his true love for cinema during his later years, he’s still fondly remembered today for the impossibly great impact that he made on cinema and his many great works are still being discovered by film fans today.
Ingmar. Thank you.
R.I.P. Ernst Ingmar Bergman (14/07/1918 – 30/07/2007)