Images by Ingmar Bergman
My Life in Film

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Ingmar Bergman’s career spanned forty years as he produced more than fifty films, many of which are considered classics. When he began this book, Bergman had not seen most of his movies since he made them. Resorting to scripts and working notebooks, and especially to memory, he comments, brilliantly and always cogently, on his failures as well as his successes; on the themes that bind his work together; on the relationship between his life and art. More clearly than ever before, Images allows us to listen to, as Woody Allen put it, Bergman’s “voice of genius.”

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Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish director, writer, and producer for film, stage, and television. He has few peers as one of the most renowned film directors in history. Marianne Ruuth has published several novels and biographies in the United States. She works as a correspondent for foreign publications, mainly in France and Sweden. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Allen's favorite personality-the bemused neurotic, the perpetual worrywart, the born loser-dominates his plays, his movies, and his essays. A native New Yorker, Allen attended local schools and despised them, turning early to essay writing as a way to cope with his Since his apprenticeship, writing gags for comedians such as Sid Caesar and Garry Moore, the image he projects-of a "nebbish from Brooklyn"-has developed into a personal metaphor of life as a concentration camp from which no one escapes alive. Allen wants to be funny, but isn't afraid to be serious either-even at the same time. His film Annie Hall, co-written with Marshall Brickman and winner of four Academy Awards, was a subtle, dramatic development of the contemporary fears and insecurities of American life. In her review of Love and Death, Judith Christ wrote that Allen was more interested in the character rather than the cartoon, the situation rather than the set-up, and the underlying madness rather than the surface craziness. Later Allen films, such as Crimes and Misdemeanors or Husbands and Wives, take on a far more somber and philosophic tone, which has delighted some critics and appalled others. In Allen's essays and fiction reprinted from the New Yorker, Getting Even New Yorker, (1971), Without Feathers (1975), and Side Effects (1980), the situations and characters don't just speak to us, they are us.
Published August 17, 2011 by Arcade Publishing. 456 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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High-minded to a fault, ""balanced,"" ""sensible,"" relentlessly impersonal, and written with an eye to the judgment of history, Kauffmann's well-made reviews alternately conjure up an image of the Critic as Conscientious Schoolmaster.

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