Ingmar Bergman

An enduring legacy

Edited by Erik Hedling

Ingmar Bergman

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-9-1985-5770-1
  • Pages: 312
  • Publisher: Lund University Press
  • Price: £25.00
  • Published Date: September 2021
  • BIC Category: Film and Media, Films, cinema, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, The arts / Film theory & criticism, The arts / Films, cinema
  • Series: Lund University Press


This unique collection focuses on the work of legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. Written in the wake of the centenary of Bergman's birth in 2018, the volume aims to combine new approaches to Bergman's films and writings with more traditional analyses. Established themes such as Bergman's interest in philosophy and psychology are addressed, but also less familiar topics, notably his relationship with Hollywood and his elaborate use of film music and autobiographical writing that characterised his later work. There are new analyses of aspects of Bergman's most famous films, including Smiles of a Summer Night and Fanny and Alexander, but also insightful readings of lesser-known works, such as Saraband and Sawdust and Tinsel.

An electronic version of this book is available under a creative commons licence:


Ingmar Bergman at 100: an introduction - Erik Hedling
1 Ingmar Bergman on the international scene - Peter Cowie
2 Bergman transnational: Munich-Rome-Los Angeles, or 'the last temptation of Ingmar Bergman' - Thomas Elsaesser
3 Bergman and the business: notes on the director's 'worth in the market' - Olof Hedling
4 Bergman, writing, and photographs: the auteur as an ekphrastic ghost - Maaret Koskinen
5 The playfulness of Ingmar Bergman: screenwriting from notebooks to screenplays - Anna Sofia Rossholm
6 Cinema as a detour: Ingmar Bergman, writer - Jan Holmberg
7 Laughing through tears: the soundscape of Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night - Alexis Luko
8 Sound, act, presence: classical music in the films of Ingmar Bergman-a lecture recital - Anyssa Neumann
9 Film-musical moments in Ingmar Bergman's films - Ann-Kristin Wallengren
10 Where does music come from? Musical meaning and musical discourse in Ingmar Bergman's films - Per F. Broman
11 Bergman, Janov, and Autumn Sonata - Paisley Livingston
12 Persona's penis - Daniel Humphrey
13 Battlefield family: Ingmar Bergman, Henrik Ibsen, and television - Michael Tapper
14 Bergman/Birdman/Vogler: an ecocritical examination of the birds of Bergman - Linda Haverty Rugg
15 Visionaries and charlatans: Ingmar Bergman's filmmaking - Laura Hubner
16 Imagined without dialogue: Sawdust and Tinsel and Dreams - Dan Williams
17 The ghost in the machine: Saraband - Lars Gustaf Andersson
18 Return to the bourgeoisie: Fanny and Alexander in Swedish politics - Erik Hedling


Erik Hedling is Professor Emeritus of Film Studies at Lund University, Sweden

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