SUMMER WITH MONIKA (Ingmar Bergman, 1952)

Sweden’s Ingmar Bergman and actress Harriet Andersson helped each other to become international celebrities with Sommaren med Monika, which Per Anders Fogelström and Bergman adapted from the former’s novel about a couple in their late teens, Harry and Monika, who abandon their families and stockroom jobs and take off to live and love together on […]

THE SERPENT’S EGG (Ingmar Bergman, 1977)

Ingmar Bergman considered The Serpent’s Egg, which he wrote and directed, to be a horror film; he was right. Like his earlier English-language film, The Touch (1971), it is about a Jewish American—in this case, Abel Rosenberg, a jobless trapeze acrobat stranded in inflationary, impoverished Berlin in the 1920s as a result of the economic […]

FACE TO FACE (Ingmar Bergman, 1976)

Pared down from a Swedish television mini-series that ran five hours, his Ansikte mot ansikte, at least in the 136-minute theatrical release, is not one of writer-director Ingmar Bergman’s coherent works. It lurches and sputters, at times almost seeming a vehicle for its Norwegian star, Liv Ullmann, Bergman’s partner at the time. Indeed, it is […]