Smiles of an Autumn Night: BAM Begins Ingmar Bergman Tribute Nov. 19

News   Smiles of an Autumn Night: BAM Begins Ingmar Bergman Tribute Nov. 19 Film and stage director Ingmar Bergman is remembered Nov. 19-21 when the Brooklyn Academy of Music presents a celebration of the late filmmaker's work.

On Nov. 19 "BAM Remembers Ingmar Bergman" will feature members of the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden — including Bibi Andersson, Pernilla August, Lena Endre, Lena Olin and Peter Stormare — reading excerpts from Bergman's diary. An excerpted screening of the documentary "Bergman Island," directed by Marie Nyreöd, will be presented as well.

Also scheduled to speak at the tribute are Ewa Bjorling, Minister of Foreign Trade and Representative of the Swedish Government; BAM president Karen Brooks Hopkins; Harvey Lichtenstein, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership Chairman, Cultural Planning and Development; author Phillip Lopate; and Joseph V. Melillo, BAM Executive Producer. The Nov. 19 evening is free and open to the public.

BAM's tribute to Bergman's work continues with screenings of his films at the Rose Cinemas beginning Nov. 20. Members of the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden will be on hand to introduce the selected films. The schedule includes "Persona" at 6 PM on Nov. 20; "Shame" at 8:45 PM on Nov. 20; and "Fanny and Alexander" at 7PM on Nov. 21.

In addition to his noted film work, Bergman directed numerous productions with the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden. BAM served as the exclusive U.S. home for Bergman's stage work with the Royal Dramatic Theatre, including Hamlet in 1988; Miss Julie, A Doll's House and Long Day's Journey Into Night in 1991; Madame de Sade and Peer Gynt in 1993; The Winter's Tale and Madame de Sade as part of the Bergman Festival in 1995; The Image Makers in 1999; The Ghost Sonata in 2001; Maria Stuart in 2002; and Ghosts in 2003.

Bergman's film career includes "Winter Light," "Cries and Whispers," "Through a Glass Darkly," "The Silence," "The Virgin Spring," "The Seventh Seal" and "Smiles of a Summer Night," which served as inspiration for the Stephen Sondheim musical A Little Night Music. General admission tickets to BAM Rose Cinemas are $11. Tickets are available by calling (718) 777-FILM or by visiting www.BAM.org.