Ingmar Bergman: Light and Shadow

12/6/07 to 12/20/07

A selection of beautiful prints offers a chance to remember and rediscover-or discover for the first time-this marvelous director who expanded our ideas about what cinema could be: a sensual and metaphysical exploration of faith, mortality, and the nature of human connections.

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  • Through a Glass Darkly, December 13

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  • Fanny and Alexander

    • Thursday, December 20 7:30 PM

    This chronicle of an early-20th-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.”

  • The Magic Flute

    • Sunday, December 16 2:00 PM

    This witty, loving adaptation of Mozart's exuberant opera revels in its own theatricality, revealing the joy and wonder in Bergman's metaphysics. “A blissful present, sensuous, luxuriant.”-New Yorker

  • The Seventh Seal

    • Saturday, December 15 6:30 PM

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

  • Shame

    • Saturday, December 15 8:30 PM

    “Bergman's simple, masterly vision of normal war and what it does to survivors. Set a tiny step into the future, the film has the inevitability of a common dream. . . . One of Bergman's greatest films, this is one of the least known.”-Pauline Kael

  • Through a Glass Darkly

    • Thursday, December 13 7:00 PM

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

  • The Silence

    • Thursday, December 13 8:50 PM

    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

  • Saraband

    • Saturday, December 8 6:30 PM

    Bergman's final film, revisiting Scenes from a Marriage, is “a work of scathing vitality.”-N.Y. Film Festival

  • Persona

    • Saturday, December 8 8:40 PM

    Exploring the strange symbiosis between a speechless actress and her nurse companion, this is “Bergman at his most brilliant.”-Time Out

  • Wild Strawberries

    • Thursday, December 6 7:30 PM

    The film that cemented Bergman's international reputation deftly interweaves memory, reality, and dream. As an elderly professor recollecting his life's failures, “Victor Sjöström gives one of the greatest performances of cinema.”-NFT, London