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The Ingmar Bergman Archives Hardcover – November 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN America Llc (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 383650023X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836500234
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 19.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

About the editors:
Paul Duncan has seen lots of films and read lots of comics and books. He wanted to share his enthusiasm for these subjects so he published magazines about comics (Ark) and crime fiction (Crime Time) before launching a series of small film guides (Pocket Essentials). He has edited more than 40 film books for TASCHEN, and wrote Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick in the Film Series.

Bengt Wanselius was a freelance photojournalist for every major magazine and publishing house in Scandinavia from 1967 to 1985, his assignments taking him to war-stricken areas of the Middle East and other places of unrest or revolution in Yugoslavia, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Cuba. Equally at home doing advertising for Unilever, Kodak, and Ericsson, or taking stills for film directors Bille August, Bo Widerberg and Liv Ullmann, he splits his time between TV, dance, theater, and book assignments. He spent 15 years as the house photographer at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, recording the work of internationally well-known theatre directors such as Arthur Miller, Andrzej Wajda, Robert Lepage, and Ingmar Bergman. His long collaboration on 20 productions with Bergman ranged from theater and opera to television, creating a unique photographic documentary of Bergman's works.

About the contributing author:
Erland Josephson is a writer, playwright, actor, and director. He has worked with Ingmar Bergman for seventy years. He took over the management of the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm in 1966, heading the theater for nine years. He has collaborated with a number of internationally renowned film directors including Andrei Tarkovsky, Theo Angelopoulos, Liliana Cavani, and István Szabó. On stage, he participated in Peter Brook's The Cherry Orchard, first at BAM in Brooklyn, later joining the world tour of the play.

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I was born at a very young age and have grown older ever since. I have passed the time sharing my passions for films, mystery fiction and comics by publishing, editing and writing books and magazines. I spent my teenage years publishing 'Ark: The Comics Magazine' (1980-1990) and writing graphic novels ('Second City', 'Overload', 'Beautiful People'), before graduating to a life of crime.
I co-founded 'Crime Time' magazine (1995-present), and edited 'The Third Degree: Crime Writers In Conversation', as well as writing some mystery short stories. It was during this time that I discovered the fantastic fiction of Gerald Kersh, who I have championed ever since through many articles and short story collections. (He's famous for the novel 'Night and the City', which was turned into a fantastic Film Noir by Jules Dassin in 1950.) One day, I'll even finish Kersh's biography. Promise.
Unemployed and in need of an income, I founded Pocket Essentials in 1999, edited around 50 titles in the series, and wrote eight of them, including 'Martin Scorsese', 'Alfred Hitchcock', 'Film Noir' and 'Noir Fiction'. This brought me to the attention of the illustrious Mr. Benedikt Taschen, who took me under his wing and told me to make film books. Since 2003, I have happily, if not ecstatically, carried out his wishes by editing over 50 film books for TASCHEN, big and small, including the award-winning 'The Ingmar Bergman Archives'. I've even written a couple of them. Yesterday, somebody told me I had the best job in the world, and for the life of me I cannot find anything wrong with that statement.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Benson on December 16, 2008
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Like the STANLEY KUBRICK ARCHIVES that Taschen put out before it, the INGMAR BERGMAN ARCHIVES gives us a fascinating look into the creative mind of one of the world's cinematic geniuses. Full of material that I've never seen before (and I'm a Bergman fanatic!), this heavy tome has it all--stills, background, script excerpts, chronologies, you name it. And the souvenir film strip from "Fanny & Alexander" and the DVD of Bergman's home movies are icing on the cake! Worth every penny.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By cinefilm on May 13, 2009
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This is the most paradoxical book I've ever encountered:

As a fan of Ingmar Bergman's work and life, this book is the greatest resource imaginable, and I am strongly attracted to it--highest rating for the contents.

But the physical design/construction are the most miscalculated I've ever seen. The FIRST TIME I read the book (propped up on a tilt-top tray table), the front cover tore 9" down the inside. I assume that the same thing will happen to the rear cover when I near the end. I am a careful person, but by the time I finish reading this book, it's going to be in a shambles. Adequate cloth binding on the inside of the covers was obviously needed.

Didn't the designer do any user-testing?

Perhaps this title should have been in two or three volumes. In one volume, it is too heavy and awkward to be read comfortably. If flat on a table, it needs to be read at an angle--inconvenient. At about 14 pounds, it's way too heavy to rest on one's lap. I say: either normal format and heavy weight OR oversize format and light weight but NOT oversize format and heavyweight.

What an egregious mix of pros and cons in this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zaphod on December 26, 2009
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This massive book is a must-have for anyone interested in the works of Ingmar Bergman. Not only is there a thorough examination of each of his films, but there's also information about his work in the theatre and TV productions. There are extensive interviews with Bergman and those around him, ranging from major figures like Liv Ullmann and Sven Nykvist to lesser known figures who played a role in his life and work. The photographs in the book, especially some of the large ones (roughly 16" by 11.75"), have to be seen to be appreciated.

The accompanying DVD includes fascinating behind the scenes looks at films ranging from The Seventh Seal and Sawdust and Tinsel in the 1950s to his recent, final film Saraband. Also included is a film strip from Fanny and Alexander that was played in Bergman's theatre on Faro. (Mine contains 12 frames!)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TPBP on October 19, 2010
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Majestic, magnificent tome on the art and life of Ingmar Bergman. I cannot recommend this highly enough. 5 stars seems completely inadequate for something as breath-taking as this (and it will, literally, take your breath away). A treasure for all time! It really doesn't get any better than this!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Lieshout on April 17, 2010
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Considering the materials and methods, this is a five star production by the editors and contributors for freshness, depth, and synchrony.
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