August 24–September 23, 2018

No name is more synonymous with the post-WWII explosion of international art-house cinema than Ingmar Bergman (1918–2007), a master storyteller who startled the world with his stark intensity and exploration of profound spiritual questions. Over a career that spanned six decades, Bergman directed dozens of films in an astonishing array of tones, from light yet complex comedies, to groundbreaking formal experiments, and excruciatingly intimate portraits of family relationships. This series commemorates the 100th anniversary of the legendary filmmaker’s birth. The tribute also features screenings at Rice Cinema September 7–9.

• Filmmaker Olivier Assayas reflects on Bergman’s legacy in “Film Comment” magazine.

• Plan a Bergman immersion! Film curator Marian Luntz recommends the top five things to see and do during the series.

Presented in association with the Swedish Film Institute and the Ingmar Bergman Foundation. All restorations are courtesy of the Swedish Film Institute and Janus Films.

Generous funding for this program has been provided by the Vaughn Foundation.

Additional support has been provided by the Consulate General of Sweden in Houston and Ms. Monika Hallqvist.



Past Events in This Series

The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet)

1957, Swedish with English subtitles
35mm
Ingmar Bergman

A knight (Max von Sydow) challenges Death to a game of chess in filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s iconic, influential 1957 drama.

The Virgin Spring (Jungfrukällan)

1960, Swedish with English subtitles
35mm
Ingmar Bergman

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, The Virgin Spring is a harrowing tale of faith, revenge, and savagery in medieval Sweden.

The Magician (Ansiktet)

1958, Swedish with English subtitles
35mm
Ingmar Bergman

A 19th-century mesmerist travels to Stockholm and ends up in a battle of wits with a royal medical adviser.

Autumn Sonata (Höstsonaten)

1978, Swedish with English subtitles
Digital
Ingmar Bergman

Ingrid Bergman plays an icy concert pianist who visits her eldest daughter (Liv Ullmann)—finally provoking a confrontation over their bitter discord.

Liv & Ingmar

2012,
DCP
Dheeraj Akolkar

Told from Liv Ullmann’s point-of-view through an interview filmed at the house the actress shared with filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, Liv & Ingmar brings together excerpts from their films, behind-the-scenes footage, and personal letters to tell the tale of two great artists.

Cries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop)

1972, Swedish with English subtitles
35mm
Ingmar Bergman

A woman dying of cancer in turn-of-the-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, and long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface.

Persona

1966, Swedish with English subtitles
Digital
Ingmar Bergman

In this visually striking drama from Ingmar Bergman, an actress who has inexplicably lost the ability to speak and her talkative caretaker merge personalities while staying in a secluded cabin.

Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället)

1957, Swedish with English subtitles
35mm
Ingmar Bergman

In this treasure from the golden age of art-house cinema, an aging professor is forced to face his past while traveling to receive an honorary degree.

Smiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens leende)

1955, in Swedish with English subtitles
Digital
Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman’s erotic comedy follows four couples who navigate the laws of attraction during a country weekend in turn-of-the-century Sweden. 

A Lesson in Love (En lektion i kärlek)

1954, Swedish with English subtitles
35mm
Ingmar Bergman

One of Ingmar Bergman’s most satisfying marital comedies, A Lesson in Love follows a married couple seeking fresher pastures.

Summer with Monika (Sommaren med Monika)

1953, Swedish with English subtitles
35mm
Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman had a major international breakthrough with this sensual and ultimately ravaging tale of young love. 

Sawdust and Tinsel (Gycklarnas afton)

1953, Swedish with English subtitles
Digital
Ingmar Bergman

A story of the charged relationship between a turn-of-the-century traveling circus owner and his performer girlfriend, Ingmar Bergman’s Sawdust and Tinsel features dreamlike detours and twisted, psychosexual power plays.

Secrets of Women (Kvinnors väntan)

1952, Swedish with English subtitles
35mm
Ingmar Bergman

Three sisters-in-law recount stories from their respective marriages in this wry drama by Ingmar Bergman.

Summer Interlude (Sommarlek)

1951, Swedish with English subtitles
Digital
Ingmar Bergman

Touching on many themes that would define the rest of his career—isolation, performance, the inescapability of the past—Ingmar Bergman’s Summer Interlude follows a ballet dancer haunted by a tragic affair.

Crisis (Kris)

1946, Swedish with English subtitles
Digital
Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman’s first feature film focuses on a woman who wants to reconnect with the child she abandoned.