Infographic: Breaking Down Bergman

Somewhere in Sweden during the 1920s, a little boy traded a set of tin soldiers for a magic lantern. In so doing, the history of cinema was changed forever. The little boy was Ingmar Bergman, of course. The acquisition of the magic lantern sparked his interest in cinema. He would go on to create some of the most iconic films ever made, many of which would serve as the inspiration for future generations of filmmakers. To help give some perspective on his career, here’s an infographic that breaks Bergman down into bite-sized factoids:


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22 responses to “Infographic: Breaking Down Bergman

  1. A fantastic and informative infographic. Though you mention Winter Light being the only one of his films he really liked, I remember someone – probably Bergman himself on one of his numerous interviews on the various Criterion DVDs, of which the documentary Bergman Island is my favourite – saying he also really liked The Seventh Seal and Cries and Whispers. The one film I remember him saying he really didn’t like was Shame, which confused a lot of people since the majority of audiences loved it, including myself.

    Another interesting factoid I think you’ll like: one of my regular blog commenters, Christian Hallbeck who lives in Sweden, once as a child saw Gunnar Bjornstrand, standing in line at a supermarket and wearing a raincoat. I believe this was in the late 70s. How cool is that

    Also, here is as good a place as any to bring up the topic of another Swedish director, Roy Andersson. Have you seen any of his films? If not, I give them my highest recommendation. Knowing your taste in cinema, I think you will love them. His two great films Songs from the Second Floor and You, The Living are essential. And get this: in the 80s he directed a series of TV commercials that Ingmar Bergman himself called “the best in the world.” They’re available on YouTube, and are hilarious and brilliant. Definitely the best commercials I’ve seen. Bergman was also a terrific fan of Andersson’s movies.

    • Ah, I lifted the Winter Light comment right out of his IMDB trivia page.

      Bjornstrand was amazing. Von Sydow gets the pub for his Bergman work, and rightly so because he was a key member of the biggest films… but Bjornstrand was ALWAYS there. He’s one of my all-time favorites.

      I’ve done You, The Living and loved the hell out of it. I’ve had Songs from the Second Floor in my queue forever but haven’t quite squeezed the trigger yet. There’s no real reason. I fully intend to see it when the mood strikes.

  2. Great infographic, as always. I was actually on quite a Bergman kick last year. Still so many movies of his I have to see, though.

  3. Craig


    Thanks for that.

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  5. TheBestofAlexandra

    I’m slightly disappointed that Bette Midler’s album “Thighs and Whispers” didn’t make it onto this infographic. Just kidding. Great job, as always.

  6. Nicely done, John. I had no idea Bergman has 64 titles to his name. Wow.

    • A healthy chunk are tv movies and documentaries. I’ve seen… 30? Somewhere in that general ballpark. And they’re some of my favorite movies ever made.

      When you get right down to it, I love a lot of filmmakers, but Bergman is my favorite. It’s not even close between Bergman and #2.

  7. Fantastic.

    I am not as on board with Bergman as yourself or Tyler, but this has taught me some great facts. Thanks John

  8. Superb Infographic John! I love Bergman and any fact or info is welcomed!

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  10. Magnus

    Ingmar Bergman is one of the faces for the new series of banknotes i Sweden. To be more precise he´s on the new 200 sek- bill. You´ll have to get your hands on one of those when they release them in 2015.

    • That is really, really cool that Sweden properly honors him for his tremendous work. The best an actor or director would get in America would be a stamp.

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