June 17, 2006
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In the '60s and 70's we eagerly devoured any film written or directed by Ingmar Bergman.
Thanks to DVDs, now easily available through Blockbuster and NetFlix, such treasures can be ours once more.
We have revisited about half of Bergman's corpus and found him even more haunting in our aging than in our prime. Oddly, we understand them now.
His sense of melancholy, isolation, loneliness – often quietly played out on a dark, rainy Scandinavian island – capture so much of a reality that moderns cringe in denial of, that one finds himself /herself speechless over what is happening right here – on the screen.
It transcends the screen and digs into the recesses of the soul. There is rare authenticity here.