Peter Cowie is a specialist in Swedish cinema and has written the standard biography of Ingmar Bergman, as well as around thirty other books on film history and such major figures as Orson Welles, Akira Kurosawa, Francis Ford Coppola, John Ford, and Louise Brooks. He has provided commentaries for more than a dozen Criterion titles.
During a 2006 meeting with the author, French New Wave icon Jeanne Moreau reminisced about working with Orson Welles, Louis Malle, and François Truffaut, and her turn to acting as a means of eluding the “destiny of a regular girl.”
Ray Dolby did not match the conventional image of an eccentric inventor, nor that of a business mogul. But his name now represents a benchmark by which the recording of sound and its playback on disc and in movie theaters is judged.
The composer is credited with scoring eleven films for Bergman—among them Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), Wild Strawberries (1957), and The Magician (1958)—the last being The Virgin Spring (1960), with its evocative use of medieval instruments.