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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

 

Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) - A Giant Passes Away

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Countless articles will appear about the great Swedish film maker, many by people who are far more knowledgeable than I am. As my tribute to Bergman, I decided to republish what I wrote on March 17, 2006.

Bach and Bergman, Not Bush and Bombs


A grey and wet St. Patrick's Day morning. The weather pundits were right; rain and more rain. Two days before spring solstice, it is unusual weather for us in the San Francisco Bay area. Couldn't escape reading about the president but decided to stay away from him in my blog. He is mentioned but just in passing....in an item about Jessica Simpson, that she dodged an appearance at The White House. I am not familiar with her music but she looked pretty and wholesome in Washington Post. My favorite music: Bach, jazz, and blues. Recently, I watched a movie (Swedish, with sub-titles) that is not only named Saraband, Bach's cello suite is a part of the story and could be heard in the background. Made for Swedish TV, 86-year old Ingmar Bergman returned as director (he was also the author) for this 2005 sequel to his acclaimed 1973 production Scenes From A Marriage. While I wished that the story ended differently, it was a feast. Bergman announced that Saraband was his last appearance as a director. Magnificent.

Erland Josephson and Liv Ullmann in Saraband - © Sony Pictures Classics

Julia Dufvenius and Börje Ahlsted - © Sony Pictures Classics

Ingmar Bergman © Sony Pictures Classics

Actors
Liv Ullmann Marianne--Lawyer
Erland Josephson Johan--Professor Emeritus
Borje Ahlstedt Henrik--Professor
Julia Dufvenius Karin--Cellist

I am listening to Bach's Concerto in C Minor, Allegro, Band III. An old LP titled Two Concertos For Two Harpischords & Orchestra. George Malcolm and Simon Preston conducted by Yehudi Menhuin.
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