Vilgot Sjöman

Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie

Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie

The year is 1961 and Ingmar Bergman is making a movie. While planted on the scene as apprentice to Bergman, Vilgot Sjöman (director, I Am Curious–Yellow, 1967), suggests to Swedish Television that they take the opportunity to record with the acclaimed director. In August, Sjöman and the television crew begin to capture what would become a comprehensive five-part documentary on the making of Winter Light, offering views of script development, set construction and lighting, rehearsals and editing, as well as intimate conversations with Bergman and members of his cast and crew. Footage from the film’s Swedish premiere delivers immediate audience reactions and the critics’ reviews the following day. Originally recorded on 16mm film, the television series Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie is presented here in its entirety for the first time outside of Sweden.

Film Info

  • Vilgot Sjöman
  • Sweden
  • 1962
  • 145 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Swedish
  • Spine #212

Special Features

  • Digital transfer from the 16mm print
  • New essay by director Vilgot Sjöman
  • New English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Available In

Collector's Set

A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman

A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman

DVD Box Set

4 Discs

Ships Nov 8, 2018

$63.96

Special Features

  • Digital transfer from the 16mm print
  • New essay by director Vilgot Sjöman
  • New English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie
Cast
Ingmar Bergman
Gunnar Björnstrand
Ingrid Thulin
Sven Nykvist
Credits
Director
Vilgot Sjöman
Producer
Bo Bjelfvenstam
Photography
Mac Ahlberg
Photography
Ralph Evers
Editing
Bo Bjelfvenstam

From The Current

Documenting Winter Light

I wrote my first drama when I was seventeen. I showed it to Ingmar Bergman who then was twenty-four. Later on in life I started to write screenplays and needed to know how a director works. So I put a question to Ingmar: Could I follow you closely, …

By Vilgot Sjöman


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Ingmar Bergman

Writer, Director

The Swedish auteur began his artistic career in the theater but eventually navigated toward film—"the great adventure," as he called it—initially as a screenwriter and then as a director. Simply put, in the fifties and sixties, the name Ingmar Bergman was synonymous with European art cinema. Yet his incredible run of successes in that era—including The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and The Virgin Spring, haunting black-and-white elegies on the nature of God and death—merely paved the way for a long and continuously dazzling career that would take him from the daring “Silence of God” trilogy (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, The Silence) to the existential terrors of Cries and Whispers to the family epic Fanny and Alexander, with which he “retired” from the cinema. Bergman died in July 2007, leaving behind one of the richest bodies of work in the history of cinema.