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    • His Top 11 films are as presented at Goteborg Film Festival, Sweden in 1994: The Circus (1928) Quai des brumes, Le (1938) Dyrygent (1980) _Kvarteret korpen (1963)_ Passion de Jeanne d'Arc, La (1928) Körkarlen (1921) Rashômon (1950) Strada, La (1954) Sunset Blvd. (1950) Bleierne Zeit, Die (1981) Andrey Rublyov (1969)

    • He and Ingrid Thulin made 10 movies together: Drömspel, Ett (1963) (TV), Ansiktet (1958), Efter repetitionen (1984) (TV), Nattvardsgästerna (1963), Nära livet (1958), Riten (1969) (TV), Smultronstället (1957), Tystnaden (1963), Vargtimmen (1968) and Viskningar och rop (1972).

    • He and Liv Ullmann made 10 movies together: Ansikte mot ansikte (1976), Höstsonaten (1978), Passion, En (1969), Persona (1966), Saraband (2003) (TV), Scener ur ett äktenskap (1973), Serpent's Egg, The (1977), Skammen (1968), Vargtimmen (1968) and Viskningar och rop (1972).

    • He and Bibi Andersson made 13 movies together: Ansiktet (1958), Beröringen (1971), Djävulens öga (1960), För att inte tala om alla dessa kvinnor (1964), Nära livet (1958), Herr Sleeman kommer (1957) (TV) (not released), Passion, En (1969), Persona (1966), Scener ur ett äktenskap (1973), Rabies (1958) (TV), Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957), Smultronstället (1957) and Sommarnattens leende (1955).

    • He and Max von Sydow made 13 movies together: Ansiktet (1958), Beröringen (1971), Herr Sleeman kommer (1957) (TV) (not released), Jungfrukällan (1960), Nattvardsgästerna (1963), Nära livet (1958), Passion, En (1969), Rabies (1958) (TV), Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957), Skammen (1968), Smultronstället (1957), Såsom i en spegel (1961) and Vargtimmen (1968).

    • He likes to watch BMX racing on television.

    • Father-in-law of author Henning Mankell.

    • His movies Jungfrukällan (1960)Såsom i en spegel (1961), and Fanny och Alexander (1982) were Oscar-nominated for "Best Foreign Language Film". All three movies won.

    • He was the inspiration to the word "Bergmanesque".

    • The rock band Van Halen wrote a song called "The Seventh Seal" (from the Balance album) in honor of his films. The song talks about The Seventh Seal and The Virgin Spring.

    • He retired from filmmaking in 1984, and then in 2003, at the age of 85, he retired from directing plays.

    • Was voted the 8th Greatest Film Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

    • For many years, he and actor Erland Josephson have had an hour-long telephone conversation once a week, on Saturdays.

    • Father of (at least) nine children. They include director Daniel Bergman, (with Käbi Laretei), actress Anna Bergman, actor Mats Bergman, director Eva Bergman, airline captain Ingmar Bergman Jr. and daughter, Linn Ullmann (with actress Liv Ullmann), who played a child in several of her father's movies, became a literary critic, then novelist. Her debut novel, in 1999, was "Før du Sovner" (Before You Fall Asleep).

    • His three favorite movies are: Utvandrarna (1971), Dolce vita, La (1960) and Vacances de M. Hulot, Les (1953).

  • Quotes

    • Ingmar Bergman: The theater is like a faithful wife. The film is the great adventure - the costly, exacting mistress.

    • Billie August: One day, I got a call from a man, and he said "This is Ingmar Bergman and I've written a piece about my parents and I've decided at this point in my life I don't want to direct anymore and I would like you to do it if you are interested."

    • Billie August: I spent almost 3 months with Bergman, four hours every afternoon. We sat and went through the whole script. To be honest, most of the time we talked about life and other different things. It was really a wonderful time.

    • Jackie DeShannon: I think Ingmar Bergman, Francoise Truffaut - all these people created images in my mind, beautiful pictures, I loved what was known at that time as the foreign film.

    • Ingmar Bergman: Among today's directors I'm of course impressed by Steven Spielberg and Scorsese, and Coppola, even if he seems to have ceased making films, and Steven Soderbergh - they all have something to say, they're passionate, they have an idealistic attitude to the filmmaking process. Soderbergh's Traffic is amazing. Another great couple of examples of the strength of American cinema is American Beauty and Magnolia.

    • Ingmar Bergman: No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul.

    • Ingmar Bergman: In a quarrel with one of my sons, I said: "I know I've been a lousy father." He said: "A father? You haven't been a father at all!"

    • Ingmar Bergman: I hope I never get so old I get religious.

    • Ingmar Bergman: Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.

    • Steven Spielberg (about Ingmar Bergman): I have always admired him, and I wish I could be a equally good filmaker as he is, but it will never happen. His love for the cinema almost gives me a guilty conscience.

    • Ingmar Bergman: I want very much to tell, to talk about, the wholeness inside every human being. It's a strange thing that every human being has a sort of dignity or wholeness in him, and out of that develops relationships to other human beings, tensions, misunderstandings, tenderness, coming in contact, touching and being touched, the cutting off of a contact and what happens then.