With my (sort of) French heritage, I enjoy celebrating Bastille Day. I do it the only way I know how- with gobs and gobs of French films leading up to July 14th, and compiling my annual list of the 50 Greatest French Films. But July 14th is a special day for another reason. On this date in 1918, my favorite director- Ingmar Bergman- was born.
One year, I even created a bullshit holiday called “Bergstille Day”. It involved taking the day off of work, eating brie cheese and french bread, drinking wine (you should know that I do not ordinarily drink wine), and alternating Bergman films with French films throughout the day. It was… kind of a dorky idea, actually, mostly a bullshit way of getting a day off of work. So it only happened once. All the same, the combination of these two events more or less makes July 14th the best day you’ll find all summer according to yours truly. I don’t necessarily have anything special to say about French film or Ingmar Bergman that I haven’t already said, or will continue to say for as long as this site exists. The fact that both “French Film” and “Ingmar Bergman” have their own categories at TDYLF should tell you how much importance I give them in my movie-watching experience.
So Happy Bergstille Day, everyone! With time, we can work to make this a nationally recognized holiday and everyone can have the day off of work.