The Swedish director of Smiles Of A Summer Night, The Seventh Seal, and Wild Strawberries died today at his house on Faroe Island. His last film was Saraband.
Bergman’s films are usually described as great, depressing, or great and depressing. We are allowed to admit that Bergman’s work is gloomy. In a Swedish television interview in 2004, he himself said: “I don’t watch my own films very often. I become so jittery and ready to cry … and miserable.”
I must confess I thought he’d been dead for years. As a penance I will watch Persona without subtitles.