Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Ingmar Bergman

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As most of the world suffers through the sweltering heat of summer, we head to the bleak and wintry climes of Sweden for this month's Full Disclosure. Each month, we focus on a different filmmaking force of world cinema and tackle something from his catalogue for the very first time. 

Ingmar Bergman would have celebrated his 96th birthday this month, so what better time is there to better acquaint ourselves with this Scandinavian master of existential nihilism, whose classic offerings include The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, The Virgin Spring and so many more.

Peter Martin, Shelagh Rowan-Legg, Patrick Holzapfel, Jaime Grijalba Gomez, Jim Tudor, Ard Vijn, Ernesto Zelaya Miñano and Niels Matthijs contributed to this story.

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Pa Kent Says MaybeJuly 27, 2014 9:55 AM

It's perfectly acceptable to write "Bergman and I don't get along very well." That sentence is correct, and it leaves the responsibility on your shoulders.

"Liv Ullman is a horrible actress..." is just a crime against sentences. It's complete bullshit, which also makes it a crime against bullshit, probably.

BenUmsteadJuly 27, 2014 8:51 PM

As someone who counts himself well versed in Bergman's oeuvre I am so very glad you all took the plunge. I know some of his more well-regarded films like Seventh Seal can seem antiquated or stagy to a modern audience (though that's far from the actuality).

It was an extra pleasure to see some of you trying out his pre-Seventh Seal/Wild Strawberries films too. Bergman is a director that tends to get pigeonholed in a moody, existential category only. Nice to see something as humorous as To Joy here.

As to Niels' response to HotW. I am not surprised at all.

Niels MatthijsJuly 28, 2014 4:46 AM

Haha, it's been a while since I've been that harsh in my comments on an actor/film I guess, it even surprised me when I read it back. I still stand behind that statement though. There's something about Ullman that repulses me beyond reason, I thoroughly dislike her screen presence and overstated way of acting.

Of course the "I think" that goes with that sentence was implied.

Pa Kent Says MaybeJuly 28, 2014 8:43 AM

It's the internet. The only thing implied on the internet is:
"I don't think. I just post stuff because I can."

Niels MatthijsJuly 28, 2014 9:07 AM

Opinions always imply "I think", otherwise it wouldn't be opinions. It's a reader's issue really.

Joshua ChaplinskyJuly 28, 2014 2:15 PM

"Liv Ullman is a horrible actress..."

That's not going to go over well.

Pa Kent Says MaybeJuly 28, 2014 2:57 PM

It's a reader's issue?
What do you write for? To be understood? Or just to confirm for yourself that stringing words in a row makes you clever?

Everybody's got an opinion. Opinions are meaningless unless they can be persuasive. Even, mostly, then, but persuasiveness comes from clarity. There is NOTHING about writing that is the READER'S responsibility beyond vocabulary.

Man, we've come a long way from "Liv Ullman is a terrible actress," but I don't "think" you've taken me anywhere.
Let's just stop now.

loempiavreterJuly 28, 2014 4:20 PM

Persona is my favorite flick from him.

Niels MatthijsJuly 28, 2014 4:59 PM

Pfff, you're just upset because you don't agree with the original statement. I wonder if your reaction had been the same if I had written "Liv Ullman is an amazing actress" ... it's exactly the same amount of bullshit.

Anyway, this reminds me why I usually stay away from writing negative reviews.

ToryKJuly 29, 2014 2:57 AM

Write whatever you want. I'll keep reading it, negative or not.