Ingmar Bergman dies


Ingmar Bergman, one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of the cinema, died at his home in Sweden. He was 89.

With films like The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Fanny and Alexander and Scenes From a Marriage, Bergman made American theaters safe for his unique brand of slow, beautiful, plodding, ruminating filmmaking that, at times, looked like they came from another planet. They just came from Sweden.

He influenced an entire generation of filmmakers, writers, academics and moviegoers, and without Bergman the intellectual film scene wouldn't have existed in the 1960s and '70s. Bergman was one of the last living cinema masters, and while he directed his last film, Saraband, in 2003 he remained an important touchstone for filmmakers and cineastes he influenced, such as Woody Allen.

For as long as film schools and academic film writing exists, Bergman will remain influential. But his death nonetheless heralds the end of an era and mindset of filmmaking that will likely never be replicated.