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Seduction of Ingmar Bergman: La Film Festival Edit Import


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Limited fabric covered casebound CD packaging with 32 page full colour booklet. 2009 album from the Mael brothers. The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman is just over 60 minutes of wonderfully original music that tells a fantasy "what if" story. Though his films' themes have traditionally centred on matters of death, faith, God's existence, and the struggle to find love and meaning in our lives, Bergman is confronted in the musical by the lure of a mythological Hollywood seemingly at odds with all he stands for---a Hollywood that tempts him and ultimately tries to control him. What starts as an exploration by Bergman of the possible mutual benefits of his working in Hollywood turns into a Kafkaesque nightmare, a nightmare ended with the aid of a most unlikely saviour.

1. 1956 Cannes Film Festival
2. 'I Am Ingmar Bergman'
3. Limo Driver (Welcome To Hollywood)
4. 'Here He Is Now'
5. 'Mr Bergman, How Are You?'
6. 'He'll Come Around'
7. En Route To The Beverly Hills Hotel
8. Hollywood Welcoming Committee
9. 'I've Got To Contact Sweden'
10. The Studio Commissary
11. 'I Must Not Be Hasty'
12. 'Quiet On The Set'
13. 'Why Do You Take That Tone With Me?'
14. Pleasant Hotel Staff
15. Hollywood Tour Bus
16. Autograph Hounds
17. Bergman Ponders Escape
18. 'We've Got To Turn Him 'Round'
19. Escape (Part 1)
20. Escape (Part 2)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 5, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B0052EV8IM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,252 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hank Napkin on July 25, 2011
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Smart, perfect idea, perfect execution, perfect presentation by the seemingly inexhaustible curiosity (both senses of the word) of Sparks. No longer an unindexed MP3 file with pdf booklet, this is a well-made cloth covered case with stills and complete libretto with a few High C's thrown in. No soto voce within earshot. So thanks, thanks again, and thanks some more. Thanks.
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By Longplayer on February 4, 2011
Format: Vinyl
One of the perils of being a Sparks fan in the USA is the perpetual problem of access to new material, like this amazing new Bergman effort. Sparks albums are hard to find used and - especially with the release of this LP - expensive acquisitions. I would love to hear the 4 LP box set, but honestly the price is prohibitive for nearly all of us, fans or not.

That said, the US CD promises to be less expensive when released, and Amazon and others are offering the MP3 downloads at normal prices.

The album. A series of small brilliant Sparks vignettes of Bergman in the USA being wined and dined to sign a US director contract, and the following mishaps of trying to direct in English in the US. The album has a rock opera feel to it and the music is often restrained Sparks. Yet still sophisticated, in the sense that "Waterproof" or "Dick Around' were on the last LP. Vocals and lyrics are more prominent. I do not remember a single passage where musical runs (such as the piano run in "Fletchers" from the first LP) jump to the front and hold it for 30 seconds or so.

Still it all works masterfully. I give it 5 stars. And for any Sparks fan who already understands the band and their approach, this will likely warm your heart more than anything else in current release on February 5, 2011. It's frozen on my platter and will remain there for the forseeable future.

Worth the price. Ages very well.
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What is it that makes Sparks so wonderful for us fans to listen to? Well, Ron's fantastic melodies, the quirky and often comical lyrics, and of course, Russell's incredible voice.

This offering has a fair amount of the first, a lot of the second, but unfortunately far too little of the last. Spoiled by the endless monologue of Ingmar Bergman which kills any momentum the story starts to build, this is a project which could have been so much better. There just aren't enough opportunities for Russell to shine here.

Just as opera tells a story with singing dialogue, so Bergman's inner thoughts could easily have been sung by Russell instead of the dry monologue we get. Russell has such a great variety of singing ability he could have used one style for Bergman and other styles for those supposedly interacting with him. Now that would have been special!

Three stars because some Sparks is better than nothing and there are some nice melodies here. However, this is a Sparks CD that will unfortunately sit on the shelf and gather dust unlike their previous efforts.
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