Ingmar Bergman

Director, Screenwriter, Playwright
As one of the most accomplished and influential directors of all time, Ingmar Bergman charted an unparalleled career in film and television, while also staging numerous theatrical productions throughout the decades ... Read more »
Born: 07/14/1918 in Sweden

Filmography

Writer (46)

Sommaren Med Monika 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Saraband 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Faithless 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In the Presence of a Clown 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Private Confessions 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sunday's Children 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Best Intentions 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Little Night Music 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Story By

Dokument Fanny och Alexander 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

After the Rehearsal 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fanny and Alexander 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Karins Ansikte 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

From the Life of the Marionettes 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Autumn Sonata 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Farodokument 1979 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Little Night Music 1976 (Movie)

from film("Smiles of a Summer Night") (Story By)

Face to Face 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Serpent's Egg 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Serpent's Egg 1976 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Magic Flute 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Magic Flute 1975 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Cries and Whispers 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scenes From a Marriage 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Beroringen 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Passion of Anna 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Farodokument 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hour of the Wolf 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shame 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ritual 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Persona 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Not to Speak About All These Women 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Silence 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Winter Light 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Through A Glass Darkly 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Lesson in Love 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Devil's Eye 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Magician 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Seventh Seal 1957 (Movie)

("Tramalning") (Play as Source Material)

The Seventh Seal 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wild Strawberries 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Last Couple Out 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dreams 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Smiles of a Summer Night 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sawdust and Tinsel 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hets 1943 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kris (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (37)

Sommaren Med Monika 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Saraband 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

In the Presence of a Clown 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Dokument Fanny och Alexander 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

After the Rehearsal 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Fanny and Alexander 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Karins Ansikte 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

From the Life of the Marionettes 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Autumn Sonata 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Farodokument 1979 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Face to Face 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

The Serpent's Egg 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

The Magic Flute 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Cries and Whispers 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Scenes From a Marriage 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Beroringen 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Passion of Anna 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Farodokument 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Hour of the Wolf 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Shame 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ritual 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Persona 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Not to Speak About All These Women 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

The Silence 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Winter Light 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Through A Glass Darkly 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

A Lesson in Love 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The Devil's Eye 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Brink of Life 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

The Virgin Spring 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

The Magician 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Seventh Seal 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Wild Strawberries 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Dreams 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Smiles of a Summer Night 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Sawdust and Tinsel 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Kris (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (12)

Karins Ansikte 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sally och friheten 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

From the Life of the Marionettes 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

Min Alskade 1979 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Autumn Sonata 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

Paradistorg 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

Face to Face 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cries and Whispers 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Scenes From a Marriage 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Beroringen 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Farodokument 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Persona 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (11)

LIv & Ingmar: Painfully Connected 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

...But Film is My Mistress 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Ljuset Haller Mig Sallskap 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bergman's Rost 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Farodokument 1979 1978 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Fimpen 1974 (Movie)

Johan's Mother (Actor)

Ingmar Bergman 1971 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Ritual 1968 (Movie)

Priest in Confessional (Actor)

A Lesson in Love 1960 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dreams 1955 (Movie)

Man in Hotel Corridor (Actor)
Production Management (2)

Autumn Sonata 1978 (Movie)

(Production Supervisor)

Hets 1943 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Music (2)

The Magician 1958 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Smiles of a Summer Night 1955 (Movie)

lyrics("Bort Med Sorg Och Bitterhet") (Theme Lyrics)
Other (4)

L' Eau a la bouche 1991 (Movie)

from film "Sommarnattens Leende"(("Smiles of a Summer Night")) (Other)

The Rachel Papers 1989 (Movie)

film extract("Persona" (1966)) (Other)

Splendor 1988 (Movie)

film extract("Smultronstallet" (1957)) (Other)

Dokument Fanny och Alexander 1985 (Movie)

film extract("Fanny och Alexander") (Other)

Biography

As one of the most accomplished and influential directors of all time, Ingmar Bergman charted an unparalleled career in film and television, while also staging numerous theatrical productions throughout the decades. Bergman's artistry concentrated on spiritual and psychological conflicts that were complemented by a distinctly intense and intimate visual style. As he matured as an artist, however, Bergman shifted from an allegorical to a more personal cinema, often revisiting and elaborating on recurring images, subjects and techniques. He spent the first part of his career struggling to find his voice before hitting the mark with "Summer with Monika" (1955), and earned international acclaim for "The Seventh Seal" (1957) and "Wild Strawberries" (1957), both of which delved deeply into religious motifs. Bergman went on to direct a number of stunning works during the 1960s, including The Virgin Spring" (1960), "Through a Glass Darkly" (1961) and "Persona" (1966). Already acknowledged as one of the masters of cinema, Bergman was at the height of his powers in the following decade with masterpieces like in "Cries and Whispers" (1973), only to suffer humiliation and a nervous breakdown following a wrongful arrest for tax evasion 1976, which he felt greatly damaged his career. Still, Bergman went on to further greatness and retired from feature filmmaking after the autobiographical "Fanny and Alexander" (1982), though he continued to be active in television and the theater for the next 20 years until his death in 2007, which marked the end of a remarkable career as a true auteur.

Relationships

Harriet Andersson Actor

Companion
had brief relationship c. 1952-53

Bibi Andersson Actor

Companion
had three year relationship c. 1955-58

Erik Bergman

Father
died in April 1970

Karin Bergman

Mother
died in March 1966

Ellen Bergman

Wife

Anna Bergman

Daughter
born in 1948 twin of Mats mother, Ellen Lundstrom wrote "Daddy's Girl" about relationship with father second book, "Hotline Women" (1990)

Eva Bergman

Daughter
born in 1945 mother Ellen Lundstrom

Lena Bergman

Daughter
born in December 1943 mother, Elsa Fisher

Daniel Bergman

Son
born in September 1962 mother, Kabi Laretei

Jan Bergman

Son
born in 1946 mother, Ellen Lundstrom directed numerous stage production in Sweden died of leukemia on March 15, 2000 at age 54

Mats Bergman

Son
born in 1948 twin of Anna mother, Ellen Lundstrom appeared in "The Accidental Golfer" (1992)

Dag Bergman

Brother
born c. 1914 died in 1985

Margareta Bergman

Sister
born in 1922

Else Fisher

Wife

Gunlog Hagberg Actor

Wife

Kabi Laretei Performer

Wife

Henning Mankell Screenplay

Child-In-Law

Linn Ullmann Actor

Daughter

Liv Ullmann Actor

Companion
began relationship in 1965 mother of Bergman's daughter Linn

Linn Ullmann

Daughter
born in March 1966 mother, Liv Ullmann married lawyer Espen Toendel in August 1989 published first novel "Before You Sleep" in 1999

Ingrid von Rosen

Wife
Married 1971 until her death May 1995

EDUCATION

University of Stockholm

1937 - 1940
did not complete degree; began directing for student and amateur theater groups

University of Stockholm

1937 - 1940
did not complete degree; began directing for student and amateur theater groups

Palmgren's School

Milestones

2000

Participated in a rare television interview in Sweden in which he suggested he would rather commit suicide than "become a vegetable and a burden on other people. A soul slowly dying out, trapped in a body in which the insides gradually sabotage me, that I

1998

Announced plans to produce "Trolosa/Faithless", a semi-autobiographical project he scripted to lens in 1999 for a 2000 release; to be directed by Liv Ullmann and to star Lena Endre and Erland Josephson as Ingmar Bergman

1997

Scripted "Larmar och gor sig till/In the Presence of a Clown" for Swedish TV; shown at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival

1995

Announced retirement from the theater

1994

Penned the teleplay for "The Last Scream"

1992

Wrote the screenplay for the autobiographical "Sunday's Children", directed by son Daniel

1991

Scripted "The Best Intensions", directed by Bille August

1991

Staged the Royal Dramatic Theater of Sweden's Swedish-language production (starring Lena Olin) of "Miss Julie" at Brooklyn Academy of Music

1987

Published memoirs

1983

Made short film "Karin's Face" as a tribute to his mother

1982

Announced retirement from filmmaking; released last film as director "Fanny and Alexander", an edited version of the Swedish TV production; film won four 1983 Academy Awards including Best Foreign Film; received Oscar nominations as Best Director and Best

1978

Teamed Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann in "The Autumn Sonata"; earned Best Screenplay Academy Award nomination

1978

Returned to Sweden

1977

Made English language directing debut with "The Serpent's Egg," a US-German co-production

1976

Left Sweden after encountering tax problems; booked but never tried; traveled to USA before settling in Munich

1976

Earned second Best Director Oscar nomination for "Face to Face"

1974

Directed "The Maigc Flute" for Swedish television; released theatrically

1973

Received Oscar nominations as producer, director and screenwriter of "Cries and Whispers"

1973

Wrote and directed the the six-part Swedish TV series "Scenes From a Marriage"; edited version released theatrically

1968

Directed and wrote "Skammen/Shame"; first film for own production company, Cinematograph AB

1963

Hired as Chief Director of Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm; resigned 1966

1962

Earned second Oscar nomination for the script to "Through a Glass Darkly"

1960

First Bergman film to win a Best Foreign Film Oscar "The Virgin Spring"

1959

Received first Academy Award nomination for the screenplay to "Smultronstallet/Wild Strawberries"

1957

Won prize at Cannes for "The Seventh Seal"

1955

Had first international success with "Smiles of a Summer Night"

1946

Made radio debut as director and playwright, adapting "Requiem"

1946

Film directing debut (also writer), "Kris/Crisis"

1943

Screenwriting debut with "Hets/Frenzy/Torment" (dir. Alf Sjoborg)

1943

Hired as director of Helsingborg Town Theatre in April

1942

Joined Svensk Filmindustri

1940

Broke with parents over family constrictions

1939

Hired as production assistant at Stockholm Opera

1938

Amateur stage directing debut, "Outward Bound," in May

1930

Attended the theater for the first time; inspired to create own plays at home with his sister Margareta

Wrote first play as a teenager

His teleplay "The Lie" aired on American television

Bonus Trivia

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In a 1999 interview, Bergman revealed that he was briefly a Nazi sympathizer in his youth.

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Awarded an honorary PhD from University of Stockholm in 1975

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Received the Japan Art Association's Praemium Imperiale prize (1991); award was set up in 1989 to honor artists whose works fall outside the Nobel Prize.

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