Ingmar Bergman - Rotten Tomatoes

Ingmar Bergman

Highest Rated:   100% Sunday's Children (1992)
Lowest Rated:   20% The Serpent's Egg (1978)
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Birthplace:   Uppsala, Uppsala län, Sweden
Regarded by many as one of the three or four most brilliant directors of the 20th century, Ingmar Bergman radically altered the nature and meaning of the motion-picture form, transfiguring a medium long devoted to spectacle into an art capable of profoundly personal meditations into the myriad struggles facing the psyche and the soul. Born Ernst Ingmar Bergman on July 14, 1918, in Uppsala, Sweden, he followed a brief 1938 military stay by attending Stockholm University. While there, he staged his first plays, among them adaptations of Macbeth, August Strindberg's Lucky Peter's Journey and Master Olaf, and Maurice Maeterlinck's The Blue Bird. In 1939, Bergman accepted the job of production assistant at the Royal Theatre (the Stockholm Opera), leaving school the following year to focus on stage work. By early 1943, he had begun work at the script department of Svensk Filmindustri, with his original screenplay for Hets (Torment) filmed by leading director Alf Sjöberg the following year. While remaining active in the theater, Bergman also continued his work in the film industry, and in the summer of 1945 he began directing his debut feature, Kris (Crisis), an adaptation of a drama by Leck Fischer. His next four films -- 1946's Det Regnar på Vår Kärlek (It Rains on Our Love), 1947's Skepp till Indialand (A Ship Bound for India), and 1948's Musik i Mörker (Night Is My Future), and Hamnstad (Port of Call) -- were all adaptations as well, although Bergman continued crafting original screenplays. In a sense, Bergman's career began in earnest with 1949's Fängelse (The Devil's Wanton), his first true auteur work. In addition to directing his own original script, the feature also marked the introduction of a number of Bergman hallmarks including his patented emotional complexity, a fascination with the dynamics of marriage, and a willingness to experiment with the motion-picture form and structure. Törst (Three Strange Loves), based on a screenplay by Herbert Grevenius, followed in 1949, but within months Bergman was filming Till Glädje (To Joy), another original effort again exploring a disintegrating marriage. In 1950, Bergman began shooting Sommarlek (Summer Interlude), his breakthrough effort. Told extensively through flashback, the film hones in on a number of the themes which would continue to recur throughout his oeuvre, including the loss of artistic identity, the demise of love, and the slow decay of life, all explored with a newfound confidence and grace. The political thriller Sånt Händer Inte Här (This Can't Happen Here) soon followed. Upon returning to work in 1952, he filmed the relatively lightweight Kvinnors Väntan (Secrets of Women) before turning to 1953's Sommaren med Monika (Summer with Monika). With 1953's Gycklarnas Afton (Sawdust and Tinsel/The Naked Night), Bergman made his next significant leap. His first period piece, the film was his bleakest work to date, drawing from the breadth of his major influences (particularly 1930s French films and silent German cinema) to create a newly mature and distinctive visual sensibility. The sense of freedom so dominant throughout Gycklarnas Afton remained for 1954's farcical En Lektion i Kärlek (A Lesson in Love). After 1955's Kvinnodröm, Bergman created his next masterpiece, the intricate romantic comedy Sommarnattens Leende (Smiles of a Summer Night). Having hit his stride, Bergman began work on one of his most famed efforts, 1957's Det Sjunde Inseglet (The Seventh Seal). The film which brought him international renown, it marked a turning point away from the romantic explorations of his earlier work toward an examination of the relationships of man to God and death, a theme which remained at the center of his work for many years to come. Bergman's obsession with death continued in 1957's brilliant Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries), starring Victor Sjöström as an aging professor reminiscing about the disappointments which tainted his life. After the somewhat slight Nära Li

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
93% Liv & Ingmar
  • Actor
$6k 2013
No Score Yet Trespassing Bergman
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Medan staden sover (While the City Sleeps)
  • Screenwriter
2012
No Score Yet Ritos
  • Director
  • Priest
2009
No Score Yet A Love Story
  • Himself (archive footage)
2007
89% Bergman Island (Ingmar Bergman - 3 dokumentärer om film, teater, Fårö och livet av Marie Nyreröd)
  • Actor
2006
91% Saraband
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$0.5M 2003
83% Light Keeps Me Company
  • Actor
2001
86% Faithless
  • Screenwriter
2001
No Score Yet Larmar och gör sig till (In the Presence of a Clown)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1999
82% Enskilda samtal (Private Confessions) (Private Conversations)
  • Screenwriter
1999
81% The Best Intentions
  • Screenwriter
1992
100% Sunday's Children
  • Screenwriter
1992
No Score Yet Dokument Fanny och Alexander (The Making of 'Fanny and Alexander')
  • Director
  • Actor
1986
92% Efter repetitionen (After the Rehearsal)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1984
No Score Yet Karins Ansikte (Karin's Face)
  • Director
1984
100% Fanny & Alexander
  • Director
1982
67% Aus dem Leben der Marionetten (From the Life of the Marionettes)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1980
20% The Serpent's Egg
  • Screenwriter
1978
86% Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1978
No Score Yet A Look At Liv
  • Actor
1977
76% Face to Face (Ansikte mot Ansikte)
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1976
92% The Magic Flute (Trollflöjten)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1975
91% Scenes from a Marriage (Scener ur ett äktenskap)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1974
91% Cries and Whispers
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1972
65% The Touch
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1971
100% The Passion of Anna (En Passion)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1970
75% Riten (The Rite) (The Ritual)
  • Priest in confessional
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1969
65% Skammen (Shame)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1968
92% Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1968
91% Persona
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1966
27% För Att Inte Tala Om Alla Dessa Kvinnor (All These Women) (Now About These Women)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1964
88% The Silence
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1963
73% Nattvardsgästerna (Winter Light)
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1962
100% Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1961
88% Secrets of Women (Kvinnors Väntan) (Waiting Women)
  • Street Character
  • Director
1961
67% The Devil's Eye
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1961
87% Jungfrukällan (The Virgin Spring)
  • Director
  • Producer
1960
100% The Magician (Ansiktet)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1958
40% Brink of Life (Nära Livet)
  • Director
1958
94% Wild Strawberries
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1957
94% The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1957
50% Kvinnodröm (Dreams) (Journey Into Autumn)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Man on train
  • Producer
1955
100% Smiles of a Summer Night
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1955
100% En Lektion i Kärlek (A Lesson in Love)
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1954
100% Sawdust and Tinsel
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1953
100% Summer With Monika (Sommaren med Monika)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1953
100% Sommarlek (Summerplay) (Illicit Interlude) (Summer Interlude)
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet Sånt händer inte här (High Tension) (This Can't Happen Here)
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet To Joy (Till Glädje)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1950
100% Törst (Thirst) (Three Strange Loves)
  • Passenger on train
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet The Devil's Wanton
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1949
75% Port of Call
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1948
57% Musik i mörker (Night is My Future)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet Skepp till India land (A Ship Bound for India)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1947
No Score Yet Det regnar på vår kärlek (It Rains on our Love)
  • Director
1946
40% Kris (Crisis)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1946
88% Hets (Frenzy) (Torment)
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
1944

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