Bergman in the ’60s
No name is more synonymous with the postwar explosion of international art house cinema than Ingmar Bergman, a master storyteller who startled the world with his stark intensity and naked pursuit of the most profound metaphysical and spiritual questions. In a career that spanned six decades, Bergman directed dozens of films in an astonishing array of tones and emotional complexity. It has been said of his work, “No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul.”
Although his films of the 1940s remained largely unseen outside of Sweden, the 1950s forged Bergman’s reputation, yielding a stream of masterpieces that responded to the zeitgeist. The 1960s saw Bergman paring his technique even further to the bone in stark, unadorned dramas; psychological experimentations; and critiques of political and social situations of the time. This series presents five films from his 2018 centennial retrospective that examine his mature, brooding, and critical work from the 1960s.