Ingmar Bergman dies at 89
It's not common for DVD Times to report the deaths of film directors, but the great Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman was one of the most important figures in world cinema. The news of his death this morning is reported on the BBC News Website, and there is an obituary published on the New York Times.
Bergman recently retired from filmmaking with a final film Saraband in 2004 - a masterful 30 years later follow-up to his film and TV series Scenes From A Marriage. The film showed that the director had lost none of the exceptional writing and directing powers that he was renowned for in a career that produced such experimental and influential films as The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Persona, Cries and Whispers and Fanny and Alexander. Last year Tartan released a major collection of the director's work in The Ingmar Bergman Collection, covering many of the key films of his entire career.
Bergman's 89th birthday was celebrated recently by BBC Four with a series of documentaries showing the director in sprightly form, in retirement at his home on the remote Swedish island of Fårö, still struggling with his demons, but finally comfortable with the notion of death.