Ingmar Bergman's Favorite Films

by Tyler Harris

Created 07/15/13

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At the 18th Göteborg Film Festival 1994, Bergman chose his eleven all time favourite films. Six of those films are featured in the Criterion catalogue. The other 5 included, "The Circus", "The Conductor", "Raven's End", "Sunset Blvd.", and "Marianne and Juliane".

  • "Getting to know Victor Sjostrom - first through his pictures, and then by meeting him in person - was to me a tremendous personal experience. It all began very early with The Phantom Carriage. I must have been around 12, 13. It made a very deep impression on me. I was deeply shaken by that film. Not that I understood it or anything. I rather think I was struck by its enormous cinematographic power. It was an entirely emotional experience. I can still remember it. I remember certain sequences, certain scenes that made an enormous impression on me."

  • "We were supposed to collaborate once, and along with Kurosawa make one love story each for a movie produced by Dino de Laurentiis. I flew down to Rome with my script and spent a lot of time with Fellini while we waited for Kurosawa, who finally couldn't leave Japan because of his health, so the project went belly-up. Fellini was about to finish Satyricon. I spent a lot of time in the studio and saw him work. I loved him both as a director and as a person, and I still watch his movies, like La Strada and that childhood remembrance - what's that called again? (The interviewer has also seen the movie several times, but just now the title slips his mind. Bergman laughs delightedly.) Bergman: Great that you're also a bit senile! That pleases me. (Later the same day, several hours after the interview, the phone rings.) Bergman: "AMARCORD!"

  • Suddenly, I found myself standing at the door of a room the keys of which had, until then, never been given to me. It was a room I had always wanted to enter and where he was moving freely and fully at ease. I felt encouraged and stimulated: someone was expressing what I had always wanted to say without knowing how. Tarkovsky is for me the greatest, the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.

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