A couple traveling across a war-ravaged Europe. A disintegrating marriage. A ballet dancer's scarred past. Her friend's psychological agony. Elliptically told in flashbacks and multiple narrative threads, Ingmar Bergman's Thirst shows people enslaved to memory and united in isolation.

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Eclipse Series 1: Early Bergman

Eclipse 1: Early Bergman

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5 Discs


Eva Henning
Birger Malmsten
Birgit Tengroth
Hasse Ekman
Doctor Rosengren
Mimmi Nelson
Bengt Eklund
Gaby Stenberg
Naima Wifstrand
Miss Henriksson
Ingmar Bergman
Helge Hagerman
Herbert Grevenius
From the short story by
Birgit Tengroth
Gunnar Fischer
Oscar Rosander
Set designer
Nils Svenwall
Erik Nordgren

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Thirst in Santa Fe

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Thirst in Santa Fe

This week, as part of its annual series the Auteurs, the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is screening Ingmar Bergman’s 1949 film Thirst. Like many of the Swedish master’s early works, this rarely shown character study offers…

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Jul 7, 2016
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Mirrors of Bergman

Filmmaker :: kogonada, with a little help from Sylvia Plath, reflects on women and mirrors in the films of Ingmar Bergman, in this exclusive new video essay.

By Kogonada

On Film / Visual Analysis — Feb 12, 2015
Eclipse Series 1:
Early Bergman

Torment (1944) marked the official emergence of Ingmar Bergman onto the world cinema stage. Though directed by his renowned compatriot Alf Sjöberg, it was the twenty-four-year-old Bergman’s big break as a screenwriter and, in its themes and preocc…

By Michael Koresky

Mar 27, 2007


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.