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on 19 October 2010
Majestic, magnificent tome on the art and life of Ingmar Bergman. I cannot recommend this highly enough. 5 stars seems completely inadequate for something as breath-taking as this (and it will, literally, take your breath away). A treasure for all time!
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on 9 February 2009
It will be an advantage if you have room for a coffee table on which to park this massive tome; living in a hobbit-burrow I have to clear the dining-room table everytime I wish to read it. It is a book to dip into rather than a 'cover to cover' read. Anyone who has read 'The Magic Lantern' and 'Images' will recognise excerpts, and there is commentary from most if not all the recognised Bergman biographers (Peter Cowie, Brigitte Steen et al). The forward is by Erland Josephson, whom my Swedish in-law tells me was Ingmar Bergman's life-long confidante, unfortunately now suffering from Parkinsons disease.
Re-reading 'The Magic Lantern' and starting a second trip through the film ouvre on dvd I find this book very useful to read on a 'film by film' basis. There is also much on Mr Bergman's theatre work, a wealth of photographs, facsimiles of his notebooks, and much much more. It is interesting to note that the only other book in this series is on Stanley Kubrick who also maintained a meticulous archive. I regard the 'Ingmar Bergman Archive' as a starting point or a summary collation of the massive archive left by Mr.Bergman, which obviously will take many years to research thoroughly.
A magnificent book if you don't have access to the primary sources of the archive itself.
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on 25 January 2010
There can be little doubt that Ingmar Bergman was the most eminent film director of all times. The time-span, during which his films were made, covers almost the entire second half of the 20th century. His films reflect important elements of the human psyche and the human mind, some of them moreover cover religious and philosophical subjects. These films do not intend to be "evening entertainment", nor are they "pleasant". In fact, in some cases the viewer is haunted by horrific images during sleepless nights.

Anyone who is genuinely interested in this film director, definitely should be in possession of the INGMAR BERGMAN ARCHIVES. It consits of an extensive biography which comes in pieces, which shows how much of Bergman's personal life has gone into his films. It also makes us aware how much Bergman was a "man of the theatre". Each of his films is documented by mostly excellent still images and shots on the set. The latter are particularly revealing in that they show the way Bergman has interacted with his actors. The text consists of parts of interviews with Berman himself, as well as statements by film critics, actors and other people who worked with him during his life.

This is a luxurious large tome which is not exactly inexpensive. However, it is much more than "just one book". It is the ultimate Bergman monograph which anyone should have in his or her possession who is genuinely interested in Ingmar Bergman's work and in the history of the cinema as a whole.
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on 3 November 2008
A lavish and fascinating treasure-trove of information on one of world cinema's most important auteurs. The archive intimates the extent of his work and is a marvelous source of factual and critical information. I'd like to see the Luis Bunuel archives next.

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on 11 April 2015
Amazing book!!!
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