Bergman, Ingmar: Auteur–Notes

Research in Progress (May 15, 2021).

The prominence of women in his work, yet never described a woman’s director.

Just like the Japanese Misoguchi, Hitchcock and Woody Allen

Emphasis on female intelligence

Dialogue in his film has the sound of music

Repertory of actors and actresses

The breadth and intensity of Bergman’s achievement

Karin, the name of Bergman’s real mother, is the name of heroine in “The Seventh Seal,” Through a Glass Darkly,” “The Virgin Spring,” “Winter Light,” “Cries and Whispers.”

Andrew Sarris

The dourest Swede since Strindberg

Bergman’s stature is incontestable

No instinctive affinity to the film medium–he is not a natural filmmaker, but he remains obsessed with technique for its own sake

His greatest talent is  as a classicist writer of dramas

His vogue began when audiences rejected the equation of art and politics.

There is no external politics in his work, because Sweden as a nation lacked significant political tensions.

Bergman’s metaphysical concerns

The angst of alienation in over populated countries, his concerns are more relevant to the angst of sheer affluence

Bergman’s work was immune to the changes and corruption of mass taste.

(Sarris, March 27, 1967)