Radio play as theatre, TV series as dance at Bergman Week

When US theatre company Demon Theater performed Swedish director Ingmar Bergman’s 1951 radio play The City on stage on Sunday (29 June), it concluded the 11thBergman Week on the island of Fårø – an annual homage looking at Bergman’s artistry from all angles. Dance was also involved as one of this year’s themes: Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman presented a dance installation, based on […]

‘Persona’ Screened in Australia

  Scandimania!* Sunday afternoon’s screening at the National Film and Sound Archive’s Arc cinema of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman’s worrying Persona (1966), starring Liv Ullmann, attracted 65 patrons. Those of us there came dangerously close (shudder!) to having to sit next to strangers, the way one often has to in popular cinemas. It is an ancient Gang-gang […]

Donner portrays Marimekko’s creator in Armi

At the age of 81, Finnish writer-actor-director-producer Jörn Donner – so far the only Finn to win an Oscar for producing Swedish director Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander – will helm a biopic on one of Finland’s most famous female entrepreneurs,Armi Ratia, the founder of the Marimekko fashion and design company, who died in 1979. “She created Marimekko and its […]

Criterion Collection Releases Persona

The Criterion Collection has released a beautiful edition of Persona. As the company puts it: By the midsixties, Ingmar Bergman had already conjured many of the cinema’s most unforgettable images. But with the radical Persona, this supreme artist attained new levels of visual poetry. In the first of a series of legendary performances for Bergman, Liv […]