Roger L. Simon

Ingmar Bergman, the hero of my youth, dies

I will never forget when I first saw Wild Strawberries at the age of sixteen. It changed my life because from that day on I wanted to work in the movies. Little did I know that the kind of movies Bergman made would be inaccessible to me just not because of the obvious insufficient talent on my part, but because the American film industry would not allow for Bergman-style film making, only for Woody Allen parodies.

Please put your favorite Bergman film here. I’m not sure of mine, but I will put Scenes from a Marriage for now.

Ingmar Bergman, we salute you. This is the first of many obits.

UPDATE: From the NYT obit – “Critics called Mr. Bergman one of the directors – the others being Federico Fellini and Akira Kurosawa – who dominated the world of serious film making in the second half of the 20th century.”

That’s my triumvirate as well.