Ingmar Bergman’s centennial is on July 14, and Janus Films is touring the country with a massive retrospective in honor of the 100th birthday of cinema’s most influential Swedish director. The retrospective includes 32 Bergman works, all of which have been digitally restored and some of which have never been given a proper U.S. theatrical release.
Visit the Janus Films website for more information on the retrospective, including touring dates, and click through the gallery for the 32 Bergman projects being screened to celebrate his 100 years.
“All These Women” is a milestone for Bergman, marking his first movie shot in color. The 1964 comedy film is a parody of Federico Fellini’s “8½,” starring Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson, and Eva Dahlbeck.
Bergman’s final major cinematic production stars Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann in the story of the relationship between a famed pianist and her neglected daughter. “Autumn Sonata” is noted for being Ingrid Bergman’s final theatrical role. After the film’s 1978 release, Bergman transitioned into making television miniseries.
Bergman’s 1971 family drama is set at the end of the 19th century and follows three sisters and their servant after one of the sisters is diagnosed with terminal cancer. The drama earned five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and won the prize for Best Cinematography.
“Crisis” is the 1946 feature directorial debut of Ingmar Bergman, based on the radio play by Leck Fischer.
“The Devil’s Eye” is a 1960 fantasy-comedy from Bergman starring Jarl Kulle as Don Juan, who is sent up from hell by the devil to seduce a 20-year-old (Bibi Andersson).
Bergman’s 1955 drama stars Eva Dahlbeck and Harriet Andersson as a model agency owner and a young model whose trip to Gothenburg, Sweden for a photo shoot gets complicated by two men.
Bergman’s 1982 period drama is one of his most famous works. Set during the beginning of the 20th century, “Fanny and Alexander” stars Pernilla Allwin and Bertil Guve as the eponymous siblings. The film won four Oscars, including Best Foreign Language Film.
Bergman’s 1979 documentary profiles his adopted home, Fårö, ten years after making his first documentary about the place. Bergman lived in Fårö until his death.
Bergman made his 1980 relationship drama in West Germany after he left Sweden to avoid paying taxes. The film, almost entirely shot in black and white, chronicles the end of a relationship between two characters briefly seen arguing in “Scenes from a Marriage.”
Max von Sydow plays an artist who suffers a psychotic breakdown during a family vacation on a remote island in this 1968 psychological horror film.
Bergman’s 1954 comedy stars Gunnar Björnstrand and Eva Dahlbeck as a gynecologist and his wife whose 15-year relationship is threatened by an affair.
“The Magician” was selected as Sweden’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 1959 Academy Awards but was not nominated. Max Von Sydow plays a traveling magician whose show is threatened by supernatural disturbances.
Bergman’s 1975 adaptation of Mozart’s famous opera of the same name earned an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design. The movie screened at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival.
Bergman won the Best Director prize at the 1970 National Society of Film Critics Awards for “The Passion of Anna.”
“Persona” is often regarded as one of Bergman’s finest achievements. The 1966 drama stars Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann as a young nurse and her mute patient whose identities begin to meld after the two move to a secluded cottage.
Nine-Christine Jönsson and Bengt Eklund star in Bergman’s 1948 relationship drama about a young woman whose troubled past threatens her love with a sailor.
Bergman’s 1953 drama tracks the complicated relationships between a circus ringmaster, his estranged wife, and his lover.
“Scenes From a Marriage” is Bergman’s six-part miniseries that follows 10 years in the life of a married couple, played by Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson. The project, which aired on Swedish television in 1973 and was cut into a theatrical release, was partly inspired by Bergman’s own life and is considered one of his best works.
“Secrets of Women” is told primarily in flashback as four sister-in-laws share stories of their marriage while waiting for their husbands to arrive at their cottage. The 1952 movie is noted for being one of the earliest Bergman features to include comedic scenes.
Bergman adapted his own play for “The Seventh Seal,” often cited as one of the best films ever made. Max von Sydow plays a medieval knight who competes in a chess game against Death itself, played by Bengt Ekerot. The film was released in 1957 and announced Bergman as a major talent on the international filmmaking circuit.
Bergman’ war drama “Shame” stars Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow as a couple forced to flea their war-torn European country. The movie was released in 1968 during the Vietnam War, although Bergman denied he intended to comment on the conflict with his film.
“The Silence” was the first movie to win Best Film at Sweden’s Guldbagge Awards in 1964. Ingrid Thulin and Gunnel Lindblom play opposing sisters traveling home through a Europe on the brink of war.
Bergman’s 1955 comedy about couples who switch romantic partners on a summer night went on to inspire Stephen Sondheim’s musical “A Little Night Music” and Woody Allen’s 1982 movie “A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy.”
Maj-Britt Nilsson plays a prima ballerina who is sent her childhood diary and reminisces about her first love thirteen years ago. The drama, released in 1951, competed for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
Bergman’s 1951 drama is based on Per Anders Fogelström’s novel of the same title and garnered controversy for its nudity and sexually liberated subject matter. Bergman wrote the film as a star vehicle for Harriet Andersson.
“Thirst” is one of Bergman’s early relationship studies, starring Eva Henning and Birger Malmsten as a couple stuck in a sour marriage as they travel back to Stokholm following an Italian vacation. The movie was released in 1949.
Bergman’s 1961 drama won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Harriet Andersson plays a schizophrenic woman who imagines meeting God.
Maj-Britt Nilsson and Stig Olin play a married couple who are both members of a Swedish orchestra in Bergman’s 1950 relationship drama.
“The Touch” marked Bergman’s English-language debut in 1971. Bibi Andersson plays a married woman who begins an intense love affair with an archeologist from a foreign company. Elliot Gould and Max von Sydow co-star.
Bergman won the 1961 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film with “The Virgin Spring.” The film centers on a grieving father who seeks revenge for the rape and murder of his daughter. The plot inspired Wes Craven’s 1972 horror film “The Last House on the Left.”
“Wild Strawberries” is often listed as Bergman’s best film, encompassing his grand theme of the introspection of humanity. Victor Sjöström plays a stubborn old man who is forced to confront his existence when he’s taken back into the past to witness pivotal moments of his life.
Bergman’s 1963 existential drama stars Gunnar Björnstrand as the pastor of a small rural church who is deals with a crisis of faith. The movie makes up thematic trilogy with “Through a Glass Darkly” and “The Silence.”