Go Back to the Days Before Superhero Franchises with Ingmar Bergman at the Cinematheque

Fri 3/2-Sat 4/28

The year 2018 may go down for millennial movie buffs as when Black Panther premiered. But it is also the 100th birthday of the late Swedish director of stage and screen, Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007). A handful of his most honored films are showing at the Cleveland Cinematheque.

Though the heaviness in Bergman’s films sometimes inspired parodies — look for the short “De Duva” and others on YouTube — his profound themes of life, death, faith, despair, loss and loneliness (sounds like Browns game footage) brought some iconic moments to the oft-questionable art of motion pictures.

In one of his comedies, Woody Allen listed Bergman films as one of a handful of reasons to go on living. The silhouette of Death leading a procession of victims from Bergman’s The Seventh Seal you used to be able to buy mail order was the coolest T-shirt/sweatshirt emblem design of the ’70s (sorry, Farrah Fawcett).

The Seventh Seal joins six other restorations of canonical Bergman works, including Sawdust and Tinsel, Persona and Wild Strawberries, showing on the big screen in Swedish with English subtitles. Admission is $10 per film, with discounts for Cinematheque members.


[Written by Charles Cassady]

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