Presented in the intimate setting of BAMPFA’s Theater 2, three of Ingmar Bergman’s late works for television show his abiding interest in themes of desire, spirituality, and mortality.Read full description
In the Presence of a Clown
The Blessed Ones
The Image Makers
A great filmmaker pays homage to another: Bergman’s television play documents a behind-the-scene moment from the creation of Victor Sjöström’s silent film classic The Phantom Carriage, one of Bergman’s favorite works.
Bergman’s eccentric made-for-television drama, set in a Swedish insane asylum in 1925, is both a fond tribute to Swedish silent cinema and an autumnal look back at the director’s own career.
Bergman’s first feature after abandoning 35mm film for television is a tale of tortured love between a middle-aged woman and a slightly younger man. “A melodrama reeking of both sulphur and perfume” (Dagens nyheter).