Bergman: A Year in a Life
[Bergman – Ett år, ett liv], directed by Jane Magnusson, Norway/Sweden 2018, 117'
1957 was an important year for Ingmar Bergman, mainly because it was at that time that the films The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries premiered, thanks to which the Swede entered the pantheon of the then cinema. The documentary of Jane Magnusson reports on this key moment in the career of the master. She also talks about the years that led up to this moment as well as the years that ensued, portraying the director's entire life. The portrait that emerges from this meandering narrative is surprisingly ambivalent. On the one hand, Bergman is presented as a great artist, rightly admired and rewarded, and on the other hand, his difficult nature is revealed: the habitual lying, egoism, despotism, inclination to betrayal. Thanks to this, Bergman – a Year in a Life is unusually multi-dimensional.