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Academy to Salute Director Ingmar Bergman with Weekend Retrospective


A weekend-long salute featuring five of director Ingmar Bergman’s Academy Award®-nominated and winning films will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science beginning Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

The opening night will feature a screening of “Fanny & Alexander” and will present the premiere viewing of the touring installation “The Man Who Asked Hard Questions.” It will also include a pre-screening panel discussion with actor Borje Ahlstedt and documentarian Marie Nyrerod, Bergman’s friend and the director of “Bergman Island.”

Bergman, who died last July at the age of 89, earned Academy Award nominations in the Writing, Directing and Best Picture categories; three films he directed garnered the Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film. Bergman also received the Academy’s Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which honors a producer’s body of work, in 1970.

Born in Uppsala, Sweden, in 1918, Bergman made his home on the remote island of Faro for much of his life. His extensive work in Swedish theater and television, in addition to his acclaimed films, enabled him to direct essentially all of the leading actors in Sweden during his 60-year career, including Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Ingrid Thulin and Liv Ullmann.

This retrospective will feature screenings of new prints and an exhibition of biographical materials by the Swedish Institute. It is presented in association with the Swedish Institute and the Consulate General of Sweden.

The complete schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m.
“Fanny & Alexander” (1982)
Set in turn-of-the-century Sweden, this haunting film chronicles several seasons in the life of the Ekdahl family, as seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy.
Academy Award winner (1983): Foreign Language Film (Sweden), Art Direction (Anna Asp), Cinematography (Sven Nykvist), Costume Design (Marik Vos)
Academy Award nominee (1983): Directing (Ingmar Bergman), Writing – Screenplay written directly for the screen (Bergman)

Saturday, April 5, at 7 p.m.
“The Virgin Spring” (1960)
This somber fable set in medieval Sweden tells of the brutal rape and murder of an innocent girl and the chilling revenge exacted upon her attackers by her deeply religious farming family.
Academy Award winner: Foreign Language Film (Sweden)
Academy Award nominee: Black-and-White Costume Design (Marik Vos)

“Through a Glass Darkly” (1961)
On an isolated island, a young woman slips into schizophrenia as her father, a writer, dispassionately chronicles her descent. The woman’s discovery of the diary hastens her disintegration, and her husband and brother are implicated in her tragic fate.
Academy Award winner (1961): Foreign Language Film (Sweden)
Academy Award nominee (1962): Writing – Story and screenplay written directly for the screen (Ingmar Bergman)

Sunday, April 6, at 7 p.m.
“Cries and Whispers” (1972)
This intense character study explores the dynamics among three sisters, one of whom is dying of cancer, and the servant who looks after her.
Academy Award winner (1973): Cinematography (Sven Nykvist)
Academy Award nominee (1973): Best Picture (Ingmar Bergman, producer), Costume Design (Marik Vos), Directing (Bergman), Writing – Story and screenplay based on factual material or material not previously published or produced (Bergman)

“Autumn Sonata” (1978)
In her last feature film appearance, Ingrid Bergman stars as a concert pianist reunited with her daughter (Liv Ullmann) after a seven-year estrangement; the tension between them is underscored by flashbacks from their earlier lives.
Academy Award nominee: Actress in a Leading Role (Ingrid Bergman), Writing – Screenplay written directly for the screen (Ingmar Bergman)

Tickets for each evening of “An Academy Salute to Ingmar Bergman” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. They are available by mail or at the Academy box office during regular business hours.

Tickets also may be purchased online at There are no minimum order requirements and no transaction or processing fees. Tickets may be purchased online until noon PT on the day of the event. All seating is unreserved.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue.

For additional information, visit or call (310) 247-3600.


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