Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman, the Swedish director whose theatrical and cinematic excursions into philosophy, psychology and human relations made him one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, died July 30, 2007, on the small island of Faro, on the Baltic coast of Sweden, where he had long lived and worked. He was 89. Unusual among his peers, Mr. Bergman was recognized as a master of both the theatre and film. His most famous movies — "The Seventh Seal," "Wild Strawberries," "Persona" "Cries and Whispers," "Smiles of a Summer Night" (the inspiration of A Little Night Music) and "Fanny and Alexander" — are unparallelled achievements in personal filmmaking, and are studied and idealized by generation after generation of young filmmakers. He was a seminal force in the emergence of the European art-film movement that came to the fore in the 1950s and '60s.

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  • Born: Jul 14, 1918 in Uppsala, SWEDEN
  • Death: Jul 30, 2007 in Faro, Sweden