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Bergman Island (The Criterion Collection) (2006)

Ingmar Bergman , Erland Josephson , Marie Nyreröd  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Ingmar Bergman, Erland Josephson, Marie Nyreröd
  • Directors: Marie Nyreröd
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001WLMOM8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,683 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Just four years before his death, legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman sat down with Swedish documentarian Marie Nyreröd in his home on Fårö Island to discuss his films, his fears, his regrets, and his ongoing artistic passion. This resulted in the most breathtakingly candid series of interviews that the famously reclusive director ever took part in, later edited into the feature-length film Bergman Island. In-depth, revealing, and packed with choice anecdotes about Bergman’s films, as well as his personal life, Nyreröd’s film is an unforgettable final glimpse of a man who transformed cinema.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES: • New, restored digital transfer • Bergman 101, a selected video filmography tracing Bergman’s career, narrated by Cowie • New and improved English subtitle translation • PLUS: An remembrance by filmmaker Marie Nyreröd

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exploring Bergman's Persona August 7, 2009
He's an old man living alone on a remote Swedish island. The island has only 600 inhabitants, and the locals respect his desire for solitude. When visitors ask where the old man lives, the locals say they don't know. When we meet him he's 86, and he's been a widower for the past eight years. While he once thought of death as nothing more than a light being extinguished, he still feels his late wife's presence each day. This convinces him that whatever death may be, it is not nothingness.

This man is Ingmar Bergman, just a few years before his death in 2007. As a film-maker he explored all aspects of the human condition. And in the fascinating documentary BERGMAN ISLAND he reveals many of the ways in which that exploration was autobiographical, driven by his family history, his personal failings, and his ever-present demons.

When we meet Bergman, we discover that he starts his day with breakfast then a walk on the island. He sits down at the same time each day and writes for three hours. It's a routine he maintains in order to avoid giving into the demons or slipping into depression. His housekeeper comes in at 3pm. Some days he doesn't talk to another human being.

But he's been working again. Directing "Saraband," the belated follow-up to his internationally acclaimed "Scenes From a Marriage." In his talks with documentarian Marie Nyreröd, we also learn some interesting facts about the autobiographical nature of many of the most dramatic scenes in those highly personal movies. He also opens up about the cruelty he has inflicted on others and the "family laziness" that led him to abandon nine children born to five different wives.

Bergman's recollections span everything from his childhood to his later years.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary--Buy 7th Seal! July 28, 2009
This is a wonderful documentary--and is included in the new 2 disc Criterion Collection re-issue of The Seventh Seal--so spend $10 more and get them BOTH together!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Look into Bergman's Life December 18, 2009
Length: 0:37 Mins
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid August 25, 2010
An odd thing occurred to me while watching The Criterion Collection's new release, Bergman Island. It was a feeling that this documentary was really a DVD extra rather than a feature. Then, lo and behold, whilst researching the disk online I found out that I was correct- that this film was indeed an Extra Feature on the company's latest re-release of another Bergman film, The Seventh Seal. And that includes its own extra feature- a half hour video essay on Bergman's filmic canon by film historian Peter Cowie. Having said that, Bergman Island is not a bad documentary, but it breaks no new ground; neither cinematically, in the way, say, a documentary like The Kid Stays In the Picture does, nor in revealing anything about Bergman unseen before- not his life, his views, nor his home. This is because Bergman did many interviews in his career, and many with Marie Nyrerod, this film's director. Additionally, this film has a further problem, and that is a slapdash feel to it. The interview tends to range all over the place, and this is due to the fact that the 83 minute film is really a condensation of three one hour long films that Nyrerod did with Bergman on his life and twin careers in theater and film. This cut, however, almost totally scraps the theater hour and focuses mostly on the personal hour, with about a third of it devoted to the films.

What is left of the film goes over many of the subjects well trod in other interviews: Bergman's obsessions with sex and death, or his claim that guilt is somehow ostentatious, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Make sure you buy the Original 2.9h SWEDISH Version which is only available as a DVD for Region 2 Pal version. AVOID the inferior 1.25h butchered US version sold by the Criterion Collection ( most people confuse the two versions and their reviews posted here mainly relate to the US version) - hope this helps !
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