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By Marc Gervais

Gervais indicates additionally how Bergman's paintings resonates in a wider sphere than the non-public. His motion pictures, that are the ultimate within the historical past of cinema in caliber, consistency, and relevance, are an important moments in an ongoing dialog with western tradition in its frenetic evolution on account that global warfare II. Gervais situates Bergman in the tensions of modernism and the western culture that experience manifested themselves within the 20th century from existentialism, via deconstruction, and into postmodernism. Bergman's movies are skilled as incarnations, meditations, explorations, and aesthetic gadgets that replicate, touch upon, clash with, or embody the hobbies that produced them.

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He is just about my age, and that means that we enjoy reminiscing (as a matter of fact, it was at his house I was staying in Lidingo that lovely strawberries-and-milk day): "I [Sundgren speaking] was just emerging out of adolescence when Bergman's films started appearing. They were really a young person's way of relating. " As for me, trying to imagine those initial efforts through a misguided, cliched reasoning process based on vague second-hand sources, I had succeeded in painting for myself a portrait of the young Bergman as a fiery film rebel out to challenge all things Swedish, cinematic or not - a 19605 cultural anarchist before the fact.

Here, the smiles hurt, and the tears are cold and sterile. 39 SMILES PROPHET OF OUR TIMES A LESSON IN LOVE In Bergman's next film, the smiles, not unexpectedly, are delightful and the tears, if any, warm. In this period of his life, it would seem, the awareness of absurdity cannot long triumph when faced with the vitality of the life force. A Lesson in Love is all comedy, and a brilliant one at that. The situations surrounding the philandering gynaecologist, David (Gunnar Bjornstrand), his wife, Marianne (Eva Dahlbeck), and her lover and ex-suitor (and David's good friend), the painter Carl Adam (Ake Gronberg), might very well in real life occasion a good deal of suffering.

Consis ncy, flow, no undue straining after effect, no terrible need to imitate this style or that - To Joy reflects all of this, in addition to (as Bergman has stated) being very personal in nature. , 93. 29 PROPHET OF OUR TIMES Bergman's early days with his second wife, Ellen Lundstrom, in Halsingborg. Bergman is dealing with something he knows intimately and loves passionately, the world of artistic creation - his raison d'etre, really - and about the experience he knew so well and so painfully, that of failed (marital) relationships.

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