Ingmar Bergman is probably one of the most interesting filmmakers you’ll ever get a chance to watch.

You can almost think of him as the modern equivalent of an artist like Vincent Van Gogh or Picasso.

He makes films that are completely different from one another, but they all share one thing in common: their unique style and their ability to make you think about your own life and how it relates to the world around you.

Best Ingmar Bergman Films

Here’s our list of the best Ingmar Bergman films:

1. Persona (1966) 

Ingmar Bergman’s Persona is an adaptation of the psychological thriller by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It was originally a six-hour television mini-series in 1966, and has been translated into several languages.

The story revolves around a man named Carl Jung, who has just been fired from his job as a professor of psychiatry at a university hospital. He goes to see his friend Erik Jan Hanussen for help in finding a new position. The two men have known each other for many years, but they have never discussed personal matters until this evening.

Jung tells Hanussen about his recent break-up with his wife, Annika Bengtsson (played by Liv Ullmann), who accuses him of having an affair with another woman. During their conversation, Jung mentions that he had once met Anna Freud (Inger Gylve Boland),

daughter of Sigmund Freud; she taught at Columbia University during World War II and became one of Freud’s best friends after her father’s death in 1939.

In order to help him overcome his grief over the loss of his wife, Hanussen arranges for Jung to meet Anna Freud after midnight at her home near Grand Central Station in New York City (where

  • Bergman, Ingmar (Author)
  • German (Subtitle)
  • German (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

2. The Seventh Seal (1957)          

 The Seventh Seal is a 1957 Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman. It was an international co-production between Sweden, France and West Germany, which all received the same billing.

It is set in late medieval Sweden, and its plot centers on the knight Antonius Block (Max von Sydow), who returns from the Crusades to his home town after five years away.

He has been commissioned to find seven men who have been summoned by Death (Bengt Ekerot) for the purpose of playing a game of chess with the Devil; should they win, their souls will be saved; should they lose, Death will claim them.

The film features many motifs that are central to Bergman’s oeuvre: death and dying; solitude; alienation; existentialism; faith; love and faithlessness. The Seventh Seal was Bergman’s first film as director since he had left his native Sweden in 1959, following a controversy over his decision to make Persona (1966) in Italy instead of Sweden.

The Seventh Seal
  • Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk has English subtitles.
  • Gunnar Bj rnstrand, Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand (Actors)
  • Carl-Henry Cagarp (Director) - Allan Ekelund (Producer)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

3. Cries & Whispers (1972)         

Ingmar Bergman’s Cries & Whispers is a film that is so strange, so out of place, that it’s hard to believe it could be the work of someone who had been called “the greatest living director” by Time Magazine.

In fact, it’s not even as good as his earlier films – The Silence and Winter Light – which are still pretty great. But Cries & Whispers is one of those films where you have to see it to believe it. And once you do, you’ll probably be hooked for life.

Cries & Whispers takes place in the middle of a Swedish city at night on a deserted street near a train station. A young woman named Sara (Liv Ullmann) is walking home from work when she meets an old man named Carl who asks her if he can follow her home since he hasn’t seen anything interesting tonight.

Sara tells him no but he insists and then suddenly they’re kissing – in broad daylight! She storms off but then sees him again at another part of town where he asks her if she’d like to come home with him for dinner. And then there are two more encounters before Sara finally agrees to his invitation – because she didn’t want him

Cries and Whispers [Blu-ray]
  • Cries And Whispers (Criterion)
  • Harriet Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Kari Sylwan (Actors)
  • Ingmar Bergman (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)

4. Fanny and Alexander (1982) 

 Fanny and Alexander (1982) is a Swedish drama film directed by Ingmar Bergman. The film is based on the novel of the same name by English author George Bernard Shaw, which won both the 1924 Nobel Prize for Literature and the 1925 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

It was Bergman’s first feature-length film, and remains his only film to be nominated for an Academy Award.

The story takes place in 1860s Sweden, when Anna Elisabet (Liv Ullmann) has been raised as a countess after her father’s death. She tries to come to terms with her mother’s death and her marriage to Alexander (Max von Sydow), but both failures push her into depression.

She is eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia and institutionalized in a mental institution where she meets Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov (Bengt Ekerot).

On release, Fanny and Alexander was well received by critics, although some felt it was too long and that it could have benefited from some editing.

Fanny & Alexander
  • German (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

5. Wild Strawberries (1957)        

 Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries is a 1957 drama film based on the play by Selma Lagerlöf. The film won the 1958 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It was also nominated for Golden Globe, BAFTA, and César Awards.

The film was produced by Théo van de Sande and directed by Ingmar Bergman, who wrote the script with Alf Sjöberg. The cinematography was done by Sven Nykvist, from whom Bergman took his first lessons in cinematography.

The film is set in a rural community in Sweden during the 1930s. A family is preparing to celebrate their daughter’s engagement party at their summer cottage when they learn that she has died unexpectedly of pneumonia.

The father becomes obsessed with finding out what killed her and takes it upon himself to investigate her death further. He is soon joined by his wife and son-in-law who are involved in their own investigation of what happened that night.

The film examines themes of mortality, guilt, love and faith within the context of an isolated Swedish community which is both beautiful and harsh at once

Wild Strawberries (English Subtitled)
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  • Victor Sjostrom, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin (Actors)
  • Ingmar Bergman (Director) - Ingmar Bergman (Writer) - Allan Ekelund (Producer)
  • (Playback Language)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

6. Scenes from a Marriage (1973)            

 Scenes from a Marriage is the first of Bergman’s films in which he uses the camera as a character. He takes on the role of an actor who is performing his own play, which has been written by him. This is not a film about sex; it is a film about marriage, and how it can destroy a relationship.

The movie starts out with a young couple, Anna and Lennart (played by Liv Ullmann), who have been married for several years and are expecting their first child. They are happy together, but things begin to go wrong when one day Anna tells Lennart that she wants to leave him.

She explains that she feels trapped by her marriage and can’t imagine having children with Lennart. In order to get away from him, she tells him that she’s going on vacation with her best friend Karin (Liv Ullmann again), who lives in Paris.

After they leave town together, however, they discover that Karin has disappeared without explanation. Anna returns home after two days and finds out that Karin was found dead under mysterious circumstances: it appears that she had been murdered by her lover Richard (Roland Schimmelpfennig).

This scene shows us how

Scenes from a Marriage (The Criterion Collection) [DVD]
  • Anita Wall, Erland Josephson, Jan Malmsjo (Actors)
  • Ingmar Bergman (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

7. The Virgin Spring (1960)          

 The Virgin Spring is a 1960 Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman. It is based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Mann, who had suggested the idea to Bergman before his death in 1955. The film tells the story of a Christian family in Germany during the 1930s and its repercussions on the family’s daughter in Sweden during World War II.

It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but lost to Yojimbo (1961).

The film was also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1962 BAFTA Awards and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1961. It was entered into the 1961 Cannes Film Festival where it won an award for Best Actress (Ingrid Thulin).

The Virgin Spring was originally scheduled to be released in Sweden on December 31, 1959, but was delayed until January 2, 1960 because of technical problems with its soundtrack.

The Virgin Spring [Blu-ray]
  • Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg (Actors)
  • Ingmar Bergman (Director)

8. The Magician (1958) 

 The Magician is a 1958 Swedish drama film directed by Ingmar Bergman. It was entered into the 1958 Cannes Film Festival. The film was based on the play of the same name by Swedish author August Strindberg, which had been adapted for the stage by Bergman in 1957.


The film stars Max von Sydow as Knut Hamsun, who became known as one of the leading authors of original Swedish literature, and Liv Ullmann as Karin Maher, his long-time companion and lover. The film also features Gunnar Björnstrand, Bibi Andersson and Erland Josephson in supporting roles.

The film focuses on Hamsun’s relationship with Maher and their domestic life at their home on Stadsgården (City Yard) Island in Stockholm’s Old Town district. It also shows how Hamsun’s work reflects his personal life; while some of his novels are autobiographical, others are not so closely related to reality.

The Magician (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Naima Wifstrand (Actors)
  • Ingmar Bergman (Director) - Allan Ekelund (Producer)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)

9. Autumn Sonata (1978)             

 Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata is a film that, like all of his works, has a lot to say and not much time to say it. Like his other films, it is an examination of the human condition. The film follows the love lives of several couples and friends as they try to deal with life’s problems and find balance in their relationships.

The story begins when a couple named Sara (Bibi Andersson) and Johannes (Max von Sydow) are preparing for their wedding. As they prepare for their big day, Sara learns that she has cancer and only has three months left to live.

She and Johannes decide to get married anyway so that she will not feel guilty about being in such pain during her last days on earth. Sara also meets another man named Peter (Gösta Ekman), who falls in love with her at first sight but soon discovers that she does not feel the same way about him.

Autumn Sonata: A film
  • Hardcover Book
  • Bergman, Ingmar (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 84 Pages - 12/06/1978 (Publication Date) - Pantheon Books (Publisher)

10. Through a Glass Darkly (1961)           

 Ingmar Bergman’s Through a Glass, Darkly is a classic of the cinema. A film that has been widely praised, it was awarded the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1961 and won three other prizes at international film festivals.

Through a Glass Darkly is a study of the inner lives of two sisters, one who has been institutionalized and the other who is a psychiatric patient. The film unfolds in flashbacks as it follows their troubled lives beginning with their childhood and ending with their adolescence and young adulthood.

The story begins with a girl named Ingrid (Ingrid Thulin), who lives in an institution for children with mental disabilities. Her roommate is another girl named Sara (Liv Ullmann). Through flashbacks we learn that they were once close friends but grew apart after Sara began to become ill from an unknown illness that eventually caused her to be institutionalized.

A few years later Ingrid becomes pregnant by her fiancé Peder (Max von Sydow) but when he learns about this he suddenly decides that he does not want to marry her anymore. She decides to give birth alone at home because Peder refuses to help her raise the baby together or financially support them both while she recovers from childbirth and then tries to find work so

Through a Glass Darkly [Blu-ray]
  • Harriet Andersson, Max von Sydow (Actors)
  • Ingmar Bergman (Director)

11. Shame (1968)            

Shame is a dark film that tackles the issues of sexuality and morality. It follows a young woman who was sexually abused by her stepfather as a child, and who has come to terms with the past, but can’t deal with her present. She falls in love with another woman, but is unable to tell her because she feels ashamed of herself.

The movie begins as Anne-Marie arrives at home after a trip abroad. She finds that Karin has taken all of her clothes and possessions. As she sits on the couch in her underwear, she tells us how much she misses Karin, how painful it is to think about being alone again.

As we get into the main plot, we see Anne-Marie hooking up with Leonore (Liv Ullmann), who has been in love with her for some time now. When Leonore comes over for dinner one night and sees Anne-Marie in tattered clothes, she confronts her about why she doesn’t want to go out anymore.

Anne-Marie tells her that she can’t afford new clothes or cosmetics anymore, so they decide to move out together into an apartment together where both women can live comfortably without being

Shame (Blu-ray/ DVD + Digital Copy)
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Michael Fassbender (Actor)
  • Steve McQueen (Director) - Steve McQueen (Writer) - Emile Sherman (Producer)
  • Spanish, English (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

12. The Silence (1963)   

The Silence is a film that deals with the existential questions of what happens when we die. The film is in black and white, and it is set in Sweden during the early 1960s. The main characters are two priests who are at odds with each other, but they also share an interest in death and mortality.

The film starts off with a young girl who is mourning the death of her father. She has been told that he died from a heart attack, but she doesn’t believe this story.

She sets out on a journey through town to find out what really happened to him. As she does this she meets several people along the way who tell her different versions of what happened to her father.

In the end we find out that he really did die from a heart attack after all, but this doesn’t change anything for her because she no longer believes in God or any kind of afterlife either.”

The Silence (Criterion Collection)
  • Ingmar Bergman (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

13. Face to Face (1976) 

In the opening scene of Face to Face, we are introduced to a young woman named Malin (Liv Ullmann), who is in bed with her lover, a man named Johannes (Bengt Ekerot). They are having sex, but it is not as if they are making love. They are doing something else: they are talking.

What they talk about is death. In fact, what they talk about is dying. Malin tells Johannes that she has never before had such a conversation with anyone and that the exchange between them has given her an “unexpected pleasure.” She says that she wants to die alone and without pain or sorrow.

She wants to die in peace so that she can finally rest from all the work she has done for others during her life. As if anticipating this response from Johannes, she asks him if he feels the same way about dying and also about life itself.

He agrees with her on both counts; he tells her that he too wants to die alone and without pain or sorrow so that he can finally rest from all the work he has done for others during his life as well as from everything else that has ever happened to him since birth.

Face to face : a film
  • Bergman, Ingmar (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 12/06/1976 (Publication Date) - Pantheon Books (Publisher)

14. The Passion of Anna (1969) 

 The Passion of Anna (1969) is a film about Anna and her husband Charles. Charles has ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. They have been married for ten years and live in the Stockholm suburbs with their four-year old daughter Annika.

Charles is confined to bed and does not talk much anymore; he has lost his ability to speak, read, write and understand people. The family tries to adapt to this situation by taking walks together, playing games and doing puzzles together. Anna tries to keep a positive attitude towards life but she feels that something is missing in her marriage.

Ingmar Bergman shows us how hard it can be for a couple when one partner has ALS. The doctor tells them that there is nothing more that can be done for Charles and that he will die within three months. Anna starts crying when she hears this news.

She asks herself if she should stay with him until the end or if she should leave him behind so he will die alone? She asks herself if there was anything more that they could do together?

She also wonders what would happen if they moved out of their house into an institution like an old-age home? Will Charles still recognize her after all these years?

The Passion of Anna (1969) ( En passion )
  • The Passion of Anna (1969) ( En passion )
  • The Passion of Anna (1969)
  • En passion
  • Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson (Actors)
  • Ingmar Bergman (Director) - The Passion of Anna (1969) ( En passion ) (Producer)

15. Hour of the Wolf (1968)        

Ingmar Bergman’s second film, Hour of the Wolf, is an odd and haunting work. It is a story of a man who attempts to live an ordinary life when he finds himself confronted with his own mortality. And yet, Hour of the Wolf remains one of his most popular films, even if it doesn’t have much to do with what audiences would expect from him.

Hour of the Wolf stars Max von Sydow as Bengt Ekerot and Liv Ullmann as Elisabet Vogeler. Ekerot is a doctor who has been living in Sweden for twenty years with his pregnant wife Karin (Ullmann).

After their child is born, however, Karin begins to suffer from depression and becomes frightened by noises around her. Meanwhile, Ekerot begins to experience strange dreams about a number of different things: death; his wife’s death; an encounter with a wolf; and even time travel into the future where he sees his own corpse lying on a bed.

Hour of the Wolf opened during Bergman’s first visit to America in 1968. It received some positive reviews but did not make much money at theatres or on home video sales until later years when

Hour Of The Wolf
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Liv Ullman, Max Von Sydow (Actors)
  • Ingmar Bergman (Director) - Ingmar Bergman (Writer) - Lars-Owe Carlberg (Producer)
  • (Playback Language)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

16. Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)      

 Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) is one of Ingmar Bergman’s earliest films. It was written in 1951, but it wasn’t released until 1955. It was made while he was still working as an assistant director at the Swedish Film Institute, and it marks a transition point in his career in that it shows him experimenting with different styles and themes.

The film tells the story of a middle-aged couple living in rural Sweden during World War II. They have just returned home from the city where they worked during the war and are now getting ready for their summer holiday.

Their house is being remodelled and they are having a hard time getting used to life back at home after being away so long. The husband, played by Max von Sydow, is restless and impatient with his wife’s mood swings; she is angry at him for spending so much time working on their house.

The film begins with a scene of modest happiness: A young couple have just married; they are sitting on their porch in front of a large house surrounded by berry bushes, which reminds me of the landscape paintings I saw when I was younger that depicted idyllic countryside scenes with happy families all around. But

Smiles of a Summer Night (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Ulla Jacobsson, Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson (Actors)
  • Ingmar Bergman (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)

17. Summer with Monika (1953)              

 Summer with Monika (1953) is the first film directed by Ingmar Bergman. It is a film about an affair between the husband and wife of a Swedish professor named Carl-Magnus Martinsson (Bengt Ekerot) and his mistress, Monika (Heike Henkel).

The film is based on the play “Gustafskölds Visit”, written by Sigfrid Siwertz, which was first staged in 1948.

The film begins with the arrival of Monika to Sweden from Germany, where she was born and raised. She meets her friend Birgit (Gladys Cooper), who introduces her to her teacher Carl-Magnus Martinsson, who is married with two children.

He meets Monika at his house, which is located in a small town surrounded by mountains on the coast of southern Sweden.

Monika soon falls in love with Carl-Magnus; however, he does not return her feelings because he believes that she wants him only for his money. The relationship between them develops into something more than just an affair; however, it never stops being romantic or sexual.

After several months, they decide to get married so that they can live together without worrying about their families’ disapproval or social norms

Summer with Monika (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
  • Harriet Andersson, Lars Ekborg (Actors)
  • Ingmar Bergman (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

18. Saraband (2003 TV Movie) 

 Director Ingmar Bergman’s film Saraband (2003) stars Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann in a story of two sisters living in Sweden during World War II. The film explores the relationship between the sisters, their mothers and their uncle.

The story takes place in 1943 and 1944. Eva (Liv Ullmann) and Elisabet (Bibi Andersson) are two sisters who live with their mother in a house that is located on a small island off the coast of Sweden. Their uncle, Alf, is also living with them.

He has recently returned from a prison camp for war crimes where he served as a doctor for German prisoners.

Eva’s father was killed fighting on the Russian front during World War II, so she and her sister grew up without him. When Eva was little, she used to play with dolls while Elisabet would play with trains or cars. The girls lived an idyllic childhood until their mother married Alf when they were both young teenagers.

Elisabet soon became interested in music while Eva preferred sports like swimming or tennis. One day while playing tennis together, Elisabet told Eva that she was going to marry Jan Bergman (Goran

  • Erland Josephson, Liv Ullmann, Börje Ahlstedt (Actors)
  • Ingmar Bergman (Director)
  • English, French, Portuguese (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

19. Brink of Life (1958) 

Ingmar Bergman’s Brink of Life, released in 1958, is a remarkable film that is both a meditation on life and death and a study of faith and doubt. The film begins with Isak Borg (Max von Sydow), a man who has been identified as having terminal cancer.

As he lies dying in his hospital bed, Isak asks his doctor to make sure that he is given an injection of vitamin K after he dies. As this occurs, we see Isak’s wife Karin (Liv Ullmann) looking at their newborn daughter through a window at their home. Karin then returns to her husband’s side, where she tells him how much she loves him and how much she wants him to live forever.

At this point we have entered into Bergman’s world: the small town of Fjällbacka on the Swedish coast where all the residents seem to know each other very well; the relationship between Karin and Isak; and the doctor who is treating Isak for his illness.

As we move from scene to scene in this film, we become aware that there is something very wrong with what happens next: no matter what happens or

20. Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)   

Ingmar Bergman is one of the most important directors of the 20th century. His films are filled with complex themes and deep psychological undercurrents, making them difficult to describe in a simple way. Sawdust and Tinsel takes place during the Christmas season in Sweden.

It follows a family who tries to make the holidays special for each other while their father suffers from a mental illness. The film is mostly shot from the point of view of a young girl named Agnes, who is struggling with her own emotions as well as those of her family members.

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but it lost out to melodrama The Seventh Seal by Ingmar Bergman. Although it didn’t win any awards, it was critically acclaimed when it was released during this period.

Sawdust and Tinsel is often cited as one of Bergman’s best films because of its raw emotionality and unusual style that makes it feel like an intimate portrait rather than just another standard Hollywood movie about families getting along well together at Christmas time

Sawdust And Tinsel (1953) [The Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [2018]
  • Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk has English subtitles.
  • English (Subtitle)

21. Winter Light (1963) 

 Winter Light is a 1963 Swedish drama film directed by Ingmar Bergman. It was entered into the 13th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won an Honorary Golden Bear. It was Bergman’s second film to win the Golden Bear, after The Silence (1946).

The film was screened out of competition at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, but lost to Shoah.

It is often considered one of Bergman’s best works, as well as his most accessible film. Winter Light was filmed in winter in Sweden and Finland, hence the title.

The story takes place in a small town during Christmas time and centers around four people who have come together for Christmas dinner: Anna (Dafne Schippers), a young woman who has recently moved there from Stockholm; her husband Carl Lindstrom (Gunnar Björnstrand),

who has been having an affair with another woman; Anna’s father Erlandsson (Gösta Ekman), a local doctor; and Anna’s aunt Marianne (Siv Almgren), who has recently returned from a long trip abroad with her husband Johan (Håkan Myrenius).

In this movie Ing

Winter Light
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  • Max Von Sydow (Actor)
  • Ingmar Bergman (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)

22. The Serpent’s Egg (1977)      

The Serpent’s Egg is a 1977 film directed by Ingmar Bergman, based on the novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson. It is the first of four films in the series The Millennium Trilogy. The others are Fanny and Alexander and The Girl Who Played with Fire.

The story follows two sisters, Eva and Alma, who live with their parents in Stockholm. Alma has just become engaged to a man she does not love, while Eva has fallen in love with a married painter named Hans von Hassel.

When Alma becomes pregnant, her husband’s family persuades her to have an abortion; this leads to a falling out between her parents and Hans.

As the movie progresses we learn that many of those around Eva and Alma have secrets which they do not share with their loved ones; some of these secrets are hidden so well that no one suspects them until it is too late.

The Serpent's Egg [Blu-ray]
  • Liv Ullmann, David Carradine (Actors)
  • Ingmar Bergman (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

23. The Magic Flute (1975)          

 The Magic Flute (1975) was Ingmar Bergman’s first film in German language. It is set in 16th century Germany, with a story about Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. The film was a commercial success, and won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 50th Academy Awards.

The film is based on the opera of the same name by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The opera tells a story about two lovers, Tamino and Pamina, who are separated by their parents’ wishes for them to marry other people.

While escaping from their guardians, they meet up at night in a forest where they encounter an officer who tries to take Pamina away from Tamino.

In this version, Tamino meets Pamina when he is traveling with his father through Germany. While hiding from his guardian Sarastro (Maximilian Schell), Tamino meets Pamina who is fleeing from her guardian Sarastro (Maximilian Schell),

who wants to marry her off to another man so that she will not bewitch him with her music as she does her father. They end up running into each other in a forest where they encounter an officer named Schikaneder (Paul Hubsch

The Magic Flute (DVD + Blu-ray)
  • Josef Köstlinger, Irma Urrila, Elisabeth Eriksson (Actors)
  • Ingmar Bergman (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

24. The Rite (1969 TV Movie)    

The film is based on the novel of the same name by Pauline Lagerkvist, who also wrote the screenplay. The film was released in 1969, and has been called Ingmar Bergman’s most personal film. It also marks the first time that he used a professional cast to tell his story.

The film tells the story of a priest named Erik Wallenius who is sent to remote rural Sweden to investigate the death of a young woman. He meets with a group of people who live in isolation from society and who have their own traditions and rituals for dealing with death.

Erik learns about these rituals as he investigates this murder. As he does so, he begins to understand how his own beliefs may have affected the victim’s death and what it means for him personally now that he has taken this case on as an investigation into whether or not these people are crazy or evil or both.

The Rite [DVD] [1969]
  • The Ritual ( Riten ) ( The Rite )
  • The Ritual
  • Riten
  • The Rite
  • Ingrid Thulin, Anders Ek, Gunnar Björnstrand (Actors)

25. From the Life of the Marionettes (1980 TV Movie)  

 Ingmar Bergman’s 1980 TV movie From the Life of the Marionettes is a powerful, tragic, and at times, very funny look at the lives of young people in Stockholm.

The film opens with a boy watching a puppet show on television. The boy and his friends are bored and restless, but there is something about the marionettes that makes them feel better, more alive. They go to see the puppets at night and take them home with them after school.

When they get older, they begin to act out their own dramas against these marionettes which come alive before their eyes.

At first glance it might seem that this is just another drama about Stockholm’s youth culture in the 1970’s but what makes this film unique is its focus on four main characters: Anna (Ingrid Thulin),

Eva (Hanna Skavlan), Marianne (Eva Dahlbeck) and Angelica (Anna Maria Jansson). They all have their own problems but together they form a family unit that helps each other through difficult times in their lives.

The film also focuses on two other key characters who are not present at all during the entire movie – Ingmar Bergman himself and his father who played the role of Jesus Christ when Ingmar got married

26. After the Rehearsal (1984 TV Movie) 

After the Rehearsal is a 1984 television film directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Harriet Andersson and Gunnel Lindblom. It was based on the play of the same name by Lars Norén.

It was entered into the 14th Moscow International Film Festival where it won an Honourable Mention.

The movie concerns a woman who has a breakdown and goes to stay with her sister in Stockholm. Her husband, who is also suffering from depression, has gone to South Africa and left her alone with their children. She is tormented by memories of a past love affair.

She starts to write letters to him, but these get destroyed so that they can never be read again. Soon after this happens she starts seeing things again which had happened in her past life — as if it was happening again now.

After the Rehearsal [DVD] (1984)
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  • After the Rehearsal
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  • English (Subtitle)

27. Summer Interlude (1951)     

 Summer Interlude (1951) is a film by Ingmar Bergman. It was made in Sweden, and it is a romantic drama. This film is considered to be one of his most innovative and experimental works. The film stars Harriet Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Ingrid Thulin and Bibi Andersson. This film won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival in 1951.

Summer Interlude begins with an opening title card that reads “The Summer Interlude” with the year “1951” underneath. The camera pans through a small town where children are playing outside, some wearing bathing suits and others in school uniforms.

We see an older couple walking down the street together holding hands as they talk about how much they enjoy being together during this time of year when there are no students in school yet but it still feels like summer because of all the flowers blooming everywhere around them.

As they walk along their conversation continues as we hear them mention how much they love each other’s company even though they have been married for so long now; this leads us into our first flashback scene which shows us how they met and fell in love way back when they were both young teenagers just starting out their lives together as husband and wife.

Summer Interlude (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Maj-Britt Nilsson, Birger Malmsten (Actors)
  • Ingmar Bergman (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)

28. In the Presence of a Clown (1997 TV Movie)

The story begins with a car accident on a country road. The driver and her passenger are taken to the hospital. In the waiting room, they meet an old man who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease and who has come to the hospital for a checkup.

He tells them that he has been in a psychiatric ward before, but he doesn’t remember much about it. The woman asks him if he would like to speak with her again when she is discharged. She promises that she will be back soon.

When they leave the hospital, there is another accident on the same road and this time they are both killed. The woman’s daughter arrives at their house and finds out that her parents had some kind of disease together and now she has to deal with it alone.

She cries because she doesn’t know what happened or why both of them died so suddenly.

En présence d'un clown
  • Bergman Ingmar (Author)
  • French (Subtitle)
  • French (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

29. To Joy (1950)             

 Bergman’s first feature film, To Joy (1950), is a study of the changing relationships of three people brought together by a shared love for music. The film opens with a close-up of a violin on a table as we hear the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

As the camera pans around to show us three men and one woman, we see that they are all playing musical instruments.

The woman, played by Ingrid Thulin, is in love with her husband but she also has strong feelings for another man. She wants to marry him but her husband refuses because he fears it will make them unhappy.

She eventually decides to leave him and move in with this other man who wants her to play piano for him at his nightclub in Munich where he works as an entertainer.

The second man is played by Erland Josephson who also sings and plays guitar for the club’s jazz band. He falls in love with her when she visits his apartment but she does not return any of his romantic gestures or affections until after they have made love several times.

The third man is played as a complete stranger who comes into their lives one day when he picks up

30. A Ship to India (1947)            

 Ingmar Bergman’s first film, A Ship to India (1947), is a melodramatic tale of a young man who is sent by his family to India to be married. After arriving in India, he finds that he has been shipped off to an unknown destination. He wanders the streets of Calcutta and finds himself in the company of a group of prostitutes.

Eventually he discovers that his ship has been destroyed in a typhoon, and that he will have to remain in Calcutta until he can travel home. Unfortunately for him, at this point he discovers that his fiancée has been murdered by her lover, who then commits suicide.

In order for Bergman’s film to work as a psychological study, it must be set against an exotic background which represents something outside the everyday world of its characters’ lives.

This is why he chose Calcutta as his location; its corrupting influence on men’s morals was seen as typical of Indian culture at this time (and indeed remains so today).

In addition, the use of black-and-white cinematography helps create an atmosphere which reflects the characters’ feelings about their situation – they all seem washed out by life

Characteristics of Ingmar Bergman Films

 There are a number of characteristics that define Ingmar Bergman’s films, but they can be summed up in a few words. This is not always easy to do, since there are often many different elements in his films.

However, there is one element that always appears, and it is the basic character of the film.

The first characteristic of Bergman’s films is that they are about people who are not like us. The characters in these films are often people who have been through some kind of trauma or tragedy in their lives, and this has caused them to become isolated from society and from other people.

They cannot relate to others because they have lost touch with their humanity, which means they cannot relate to other human beings on an emotional level.

Another characteristic of Bergman’s films is that they deal with universal themes such as death, loneliness and guilt. These themes can be seen in almost every single one of his movies, even though he does not always deal with them directly on screen.

They are present simply because these are subjects that occur throughout all cultures at all times in history and across all cultures.

A final characteristic of Ingmar Bergman’s

Best Ingmar Bergman Films – Wrapping Up

Ingmar Bergman’s life and work is a fascinating one. He was not only a prolific director, but also a writer, actor and producer. His works have been honored with numerous awards, including an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Bergman’s films are always filled with deep meanings and themes. They focus on the human condition and how we should treat each other.


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