Bergman 100: The Silence of God

March 1–May 9, 2018

This installment in our yearlong tribute to Ingmar Bergman focuses on his metaphysical investigations, as well as his collaboration with actor Max von Sydow.

  • The Seventh Seal

  • Through a Glass Darkly

  • Winter Light

  • The Silence

  • Fanny and Alexander

  • Upcoming
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  • Past
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Past Films

  • The Virgin Spring

    • Wednesday, May 9 7 PM
    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1960

    A stark medieval allegory of faith, sexual violence, and revenge. “Sven Nykvist's luminous black-and-white photography conspire[s] with the austerity of Bergman's imagery to create an extraordinary metaphysical charge” (Time Out).

  • Sawdust and Tinsel

    • Thursday, May 3 7 PM
    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1953

    Åke Grönberg and Harriet Andersson portray turn-of-the-century circus performers in Bergman’s earliest evocation of the theater of humiliation.

  • The Magician

    • Sunday, April 1 4:30 PM
    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1958

    35mm Print

    With Max von Sydow as a nineteenth-century mesmerist, “Bergman's chilling exploration of charlatanism is in fact one of his most genuinely enjoyable films . . . much of [it] devoted to wittily ironic sideswipes at bourgeois hypocrisy” (Time Out).

  • The Seventh Seal

    • Thursday, March 1 7 PM
    • Saturday, March 31 5:30 PM
    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1957

    BAMPFA Collection Print

    Film to Table dinner follows the March 31 screening

    A medieval knight challenges Death to a game of chess in Bergman’s iconic work of cinematic philosophy. “A magically powerful film” (Pauline Kael).

  • Fanny and Alexander

    • Friday, March 23 7 PM
    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1982

    35mm Print

    This chronicle of an early twentieth-century theatrical family, told from the perspective of a young brother and sister, is comic and tragic, opulent and intellectual, mystical and autobiographical. Bergman called it "the sum total of my life as a filmmaker."

    Introduction by Anna Serner

  • The Silence

    • Saturday, March 10 7:30 PM
    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1963

    Two sisters play out dramas of lust and fear in a foreign land where war looms, an emotional landscape forsaken by God. A work of “staggering integrity” (Chicago Reader).

    Introduction by Bart Testa

  • Winter Light

    • Friday, March 9 7 PM
    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1963

    The central film in Bergman’s “God trilogy” features Gunnar Björnstrand as a pastor haunted by God’s silence. With Max von Sydow and Ingrid Thulin.

    Lecture by Bart Testa

  • Through a Glass Darkly

    • Saturday, March 3 8 PM
    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1961

    Bergman’s still-provocative portrait of a young woman sinking into insanity while both family and God fail to save her.