Ingmar Bergman's Cinema The Criterion Collection
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Thirty-nine films from the legendary Swedish filmmaker, including essential classics & astonishing rarities
A Centennial Celebration
In honor of Ingmar Bergman’s 100th birthday, the Criterion Collection is proud to present the most comprehensive collection of his films ever released on home video. One of the most revelatory voices to emerge from the postwar explosion of international art-house cinema, Bergman was a master storyteller who startled the world with his stark intensity and naked pursuit of the most profound metaphysical and spiritual questions. The struggles of faith and morality, the nature of dreams, and the agonies and ecstasies of human relationships—Bergman's films range from comedies whose lightness and complexity belie their brooding hearts to groundbreaking formal experiments and excruciatingly intimate explorations of family life.
Arranged as a curated film festival with 'opening' and 'closing' nights bookending double features and 'centerpiece' programs, this selection spans six decades and thirty-nine films—including such celebrated classics as The Seventh Seal, Persona, and Fanny and Alexander alongside previously unavailable works like Dreams, The Rite, and Brink of Life.
Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema traces themes and images across Bergman’s career, blazing trails through the master’s unequaled body of work for longtime fans and newcomers alike.
Special Edition Features
- 39 films, including 18 never before released by Criterion
- 11 Introductions, 6 audio commentaries, and 2 rarely seen documentary shorts by Bergman
- Over 5 hours of interviews with Bergman and many of his key collaborators
- Extensive programs about Bergman’s work, behind-the-scenes footage, video essays, trailers, and more
- Plus: A lavishly illustrated 248-page book
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A Ship to Inda
Port of Call
Summer with Monika
Sawdust & Tinsel
A Lesson in Love
Smiles of a Summer Night
The Seventh Seal
Brink of Life
The Virgin Spring
The Devil's Eye
Through a Glass Darkly
All These Women
Hour of the Wolf
The Passion of Anna
Cries & Whispers
Scenes from a Marriage
The Magic Flute
The Serpent's Egg
Faro Document 1979
From the Life of the Marionettes
Fanny and Alexander - Theatrical/TV
After the Rehearsal
Thankfully, Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born, on July 14, 1918, in Uppsala, Sweden, to Erik Bergman, a Lutheran minister, and Karin Bergman (née Åkerblom), a nurse. In the 1978 British television documentary Ingmar Bergman at 60, Bergman describes spying a brown package among the gifts piled under the staircase one childhood Christmas season and knowing, by the shape and weight of it, exactly what lay inside—a film projector. When the fateful morning came, however, the projector went to his older brother, Dag. Ingmar was devastated. A day later, he bought the projector from Dag fair and square, and the rest is history.
With the box set Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema, releasing this November, the Criterion Collection is celebrating the director’s film work with a selection of thirty-nine of his features, including his directorial debut, Crisis (1946), and his farewell, Saraband (2003), completed three and a half years before his death, on July 30, 2007, at the age of eighty-nine. We have programmed the movies with the concept of a film festival in mind, kicking off with an opening-night showing of Smiles of a Summer Night and anchored by three centerpiece programs: a Scenes from a Marriage and Saraband double feature, The Seventh Seal, and Persona. We wrap things up with Fanny and Alexander as our closing-night title. We believe these selections represent some of the pinnacles of Bergman’s filmmaking, as well as moments that forever altered cinema history.
Interspersed among those five programs are nineteen others that present double features and individual titles, several of them previously released by Criterion (such as Summer with Monika, The Magician, and Autumn Sonata) and many of them new to the collection (A Lesson in Love, Brink of Life, and From the Life of the Marionettes, to name a few). When pairing and ordering these films, we thought not necessarily chronologically but in a way that we hope will be thought-provoking—making thematic links, showing both how Bergman developed as an artist and how many of his preoccupations (love, death, faith, intergenerational relationships) remained constant throughout his life.
This retrospective is accompanied by a book that aims to enrich your experience of watching the films. In the main section, you’ll find a chapter on each program in the series. This section includes some of our favorite essays from the body of writing on Bergman’s cinema that we have commissioned from scholars and critics over the past thirty years, as well as a fresh crop of new essays by writers from a wide variety of backgrounds and fields, each of whom contributes his or her unique voice to the ongoing discussion about Bergman’s body of work. In addition, woven throughout the writing about Bergman is a selection of things the filmmaker wrote or said himself, whether in scripts, journals, books, or letters, whether on camera or to another writer.
Bergman once remarked, “I have really thought a lot about where the pressing need to express myself all the time comes from, what it is that actually drives me. And it is simply this one thing of wanting to connect with others, and preferably with as many people as possible.” Fortunately, he was not one to shy away from television interviews or other kinds of publicity, and he seems to have welcomed the opportunity to publicly sort through his creative development and psychological quandaries. On the Blu-rays in this box set, you will find a colorful array of supplementary programs alongside the films, featuring Bergman, his loyal collaborators, and dedicated experts, all of which help to round out the story of this master director. This treasure trove of materials comprises two short documentaries by Bergman, six audio commentaries, thirteen other documentaries, thirty-three archival and recently recorded interviews, five video essays, and eleven introductions to the films by the director himself.
Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema suggests one path for viewing these movies; perhaps your instincts will lead you down another. Our goal is to inspire you to make interesting connections—and, to paraphrase Bergman, as many of them as possible. No matter where you choose to jump in, we hope you will find the experience of watching these films to be an encounter with a great artist that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
I already owned several films by Bergman and, as I love most of them, I certainly had my eye on more of his work. So when Criterion announced this box set I knew it was too good a bargain to let it pass by - 150 dollars seems like a fine price to me for 39 films of high quality - even taking into account the 50 dollars extra on import taxes for this poor European.
It'll certainly take a while to digest this splendid program Criterion has offered me but a complaint it certainly is not - I'm really looking forward to an extended journey into Bergman's world.
I dare say that this set may even been considered an encyclopedia as it’s that massive! Taking up half my table, I was in awe of its contents.
This 30 disc set features 39 of Bergmans films. There were a few missing. Some due to copyright and others were never before seen. But it was only four or so.
Believe me, you’re getting his best here.
The set is stacked with hours of special features and a beautifully illustrated 248 page book with detailed info on each film and the history of Bergman.
If you’re not familiar with him, no better place to start. His films deal with so many things. He never sugar coated it either. Always realistic. He doesn’t shy away from death, mental health issues, realistic romance, philosophy and many other hard hitting topics.
My personal favorites in this set are Wild Strawberries, Hour of the Wolf (first time Blu ray for the US), Seventh Seal (obviously)
The Virgin Spring
Cries and Whispers
Fanny And Alexander (probably one of the best films ever made)
Criterion has again raised the bar with stellar restorations of all of his films.
Exclusive to this set are new transfers of
The Seventh Seal (4K)
Fanny and Alexander (2k)
If you’re a cinephile and wish to experience one of the most Influential filmmakers of our time, this is the set for you.
Also you cannot beat the price during the 50 percent off sale either here or at a certain book store ;)