Ingmar Bergman dies at 89 and I am beyond grieving. I am truly sadenned by unexpected occurences such as this. Too many great people dying! First there was Jean Baudrillard, then came Gianfranco Ferre, and now my idol and mentor Ingmar Bergman.
If you read my blog faithfully then perhaps you would have known of my intent to travel to Stockholm and meet Ingmar Bergman in live flesh (what a dreamer!). I'm glad I went through a communications course even if I am taking it for granted. I discovered film, and Ingmar Bergman along with Truffaut and Godard were the names that stayed on my mind. It's like an instant love affair with their works... sublime, magical, and inspiring.
I've only seen a couple of his films from Wild Strawberries to The Seventh Seal to Summer Interlude to A Lesson in Love and some others and find that endearing quality of a Bergman feature, that realization of being human and all those philosophical ideas clearly communicated through the visuals. Watching Bergmans, I've also come to know the greatest Swedish actors from Gunnar Bjornstrand to Victor Sjostrom, to the great Max Von Sydow. Ingmar is definitely a loss to the film industry but for me the man has done more than an auteur could do in his lifetime. Let us all give a moment of silence to my favourite Swedish director and one of the greatest realisateurs of modern cinema.
May the new generation seek inspiration from your masterpieces!