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Light Keeps Me Company


3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Sven Nykvist, best known for his work with Ingmar Bergman, photographed scenes with an expressive simplicity that ran counter to the technically slick lighting schemes that prevailed at the times, and helped create some of the most important films of modern cinema. Featuring interviews with many famous people who he inspired, this documentary examines the influential cameraman's tumultuous life and the respite he found in movie-making.

"Feeling wrapped in light gives me a sense of spiritual atmosphere," confesses legendary cinematographer Sven Nykvist, whose rich career suddenly ended in 1998 when he was diagnosed with aphasia. This retrospective documentary directed by son Carl-Gustav Nykvist examines the way he molded the cold winter light and simple studio setups into the enthralling images in films by Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Andrei Tarkovksy, and of course Ingmar Bergman. "Our feeling for light was the same," observes Bergman in a rare interview, as generous film excerpts illustrate. While the quality of some of the clips is less than stellar (and many are unidentified), the power and texture of the images sear through. Carl-Gustav is less revealing of his father's personal life, suggesting that his career came at the expense of his family, and that this reverent and loving tribute is a son's attempt to reconnect. The DVD features a text introduction by the director and a comprehensive Sven Nykvist filmography. --Sean Axmaker

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  • Actors: Sven Nykvist, Erland Josephson, Susan Sarandon, Stellan Skarsgård, Gena Rowlands
  • Directors: Carl-Gustav Nykvist
  • Writers: Carl-Gustav Nykvist, Gudrun Nykvist, Michal Leszczylowski
  • Producers: Carl-Gustav Nykvist, Gudrun Nykvist, Gunnar Carlsson, Klas Olofsson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Swedish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2002
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005T30E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,149 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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