Monday, July 30, 2007

R.I.P. Ingmar Bergman 1918 - 2007

The legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman has sadly passed away today, July 30th 2007 at the age of 89. Bergman is considered one of the world's most influential directors, having helmed such classics as Cries and Whirspers, Fanny and Alexander, Wild Strawberries, The Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly and the incomparable The Seventh Seal, the most vital examination of God, religion, life and death ever put on film. Bergman won three Oscars, all for Best Foreign Language film for Fanny and Alexander, Through a Glass Darkly and The Virgin Spring. His last film was 2003s Saraband, a sequel of sorts to 1982s Fanny and Alexander, which not surprisingly was probably Bergman's most popular film and the one that really cemented his name in pantheon of great filmmakers.

Here I present a quick sampling of what I feel is Bergman's best work, the art-house classic The Seventh Seal. This is, as far as I'm concerned, one the most spectacular sequences in the history of the movies.

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