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Ingmar Bergman

Production year: 2000 | 1*52 | Genres: Factual/Doc
Reflections on life, death and love with Ingmar Bergman and Erland Josephson
Origin country: Sweden
Production company: TV4 AB
Original title: Malou möter Ingmar Bergman och Erland Josephson
Original language: Swedish
Formats: SD

Bergman seldom gives interviews but made an exception for TV4 journalist Malou von Sivers. Together with his best friend, the renowned Swedish actor Erland Josephson, he talks about life, death and love.

Despite being 82, Ingmar Bergman, one of history’s greatest directors is still working. Many of his films such as ”The Seventh Seal”, ”Cries and Whispers”, ”Shame”, ”The Silence” and ”Fanny and Alexander” have become benchmarks in the cinematic world.

What transpired was a charged and highly unusual interview where Ingmar Bergman is more personal than ever before. He discusses the rumours of him being a fearsome director, talks candidly about his relationships with the women in his life and tells us of his sorrow after the death of his wife.

Both Bergman and Josephson were most surprised by the question of how they have been as fathers. Ingmar Bergman has nine children and Erland Josephson five. One of the most emotional moments of the interview is when Bergman and Josephson talk about how painful it is to grow old, with Bergman telling us that he has decided to take his own life when he becomes physically and mentally dependent on others.

The interview has been well received internationally and quoted widely in the world’s press. Both men were noticeably touched after the interview, which became much more personal than either had planned. However, they did not want anything to be changed and have received enormous response after the programme was recently broadcast.

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