2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Swedish filmmaker, author, and film director Ingmar Bergman, one of the “auteurs” (authors) hailed in the 1960s by French and American film critics. Bergman’s work was part of a wave of “art cinema,” a form that elevated “movies” to “films.” Analyze six Bergman films and read short pieces by him and by scholars. Discuss the concept of film authorship and Bergman’s life and work. Note: Some of the films contain disturbing content.
Linda Haverty Rugg is a professor in the Scandinavian department at UC Berkeley. She researches, writes, and teaches in literature and film, with an emphasis on ecocriticism and whiteness studies.