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Ingmar Bergman

Datum narození: 14. červenec 1918
Datum úmrtí: 30. červenec 2007

Ingmar Bergman byl švédský filmový a divadelní režisér, spisovatel a dramatik, jeden z nejvýznamnějších autorských filmařů 20. století.


„Popularita je trest, který vypadá jako ocenění.“

„Štěstí je umění být spokojen.“


„Stárnutí je práce na celý úvazek.“

„Rytíř: A prozradíš potom svá tajemství? Smrt: Ne, žádná nemám.“

„Láska je nejčernější mor.
Bylo by štěstí na ní umřít, jenže ona dřív přejde.
To jen pár hlupáků tu a tam zemře láskou.“

„Bohém v životě, pedant v práci. Bydlel jsem velmi skromně, ženil se často, ale vlastně si na svůj soukromý život ani nevzpomínám. Zpětně jej mohu sestavit podle svých filmů a režií her. Nevím, kdy se narodily děti - tak nějak mezi filmy. Ty jsou vždy součástí mého myšlení, mých pocitů, nejistot, snů a tužeb. Někdy vyvstanou z mé minulosti, jindy z přítomného života.“

„Vytvářím každý svůj film, jako by byl můj poslední.“

„Jediným přínosem, který může umělec poskytnout k nějaké debatě, je jeho dílo.“


„Only someone who is well prepared has the opportunity to improvise.“

„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.“

„I'll tell you something banal. We're emotional illiterates. And not only you and I-practically everybody, that's the depressing thing. We're taught everything about the body and about agriculture in Madagascar and about the square root of pi, or whatever the hell it's called, but not a word about the soul. We're abysmally ignorant, about both ourselves and others. There's a lot of loose talk nowadays to the effect that children should be brought up to know all about brotherhood and understanding and coexistence and equality and everything else that's all the rage just now. But it doesn't dawn on anyone that we must first learn something about ourselves and our own feelings. Our own fear and loneliness and anger. We're left without a chance, ignorant and remorseful among the ruins of our ambitions. To make a child aware of it's soul is something almost indecent. You're regarded as a dirty old man. How can you understand other people if you don't know anything about yourself? Now you're yawning, so that's the end of the lecture.“

„I understand, all right. The hopeless dream of being - not seeming, but being. At every waking moment, alert. The gulf between what you are with others and what you are alone. The vertigo and the constant hunger to be exposed, to be seen through, perhaps even wiped out. Every inflection and every gesture a lie, every smile a grimace. Suicide? No, too vulgar. But you can refuse to move, refuse to talk, so that you don't have to lie. You can shut yourself in. Then you needn't play any parts or make wrong gestures. Or so you thought. But reality is diabolical. Your hiding place isn't watertight. Life trickles in from the outside, and you're forced to react. No one asks if it is true or false, if you're genuine or just a sham. Such things matter only in the theatre, and hardly there either. I understand why you don't speak, why you don't move, why you've created a part for yourself out of apathy. I understand. I admire. You should go on with this part until it is played out, until it loses interest for you. Then you can leave it, just as you've left your other parts one by one.“


„When you feel perpetually unmotivated, you start questioning your existence in an unhealthy way; everything becomes a pseudo intellectual question you have no interest in responding whatsoever. This whole process becomes your very skin and it does not merely affect you; it actually defines you. So, you see yourself as a shadowy figure unworthy of developing interest, unworthy of wondering about the world - profoundly unworthy in every sense and deeply absent in your very presence.“

„I want to confess as best I can, but my heart is void. The void is a mirror. I see my face and feel loathing and horror. My indifference to man has shut me out. I live now in a world of ghosts, a prisoner in my dreams.“ The Seventh Seal

„I hope I never get so old I get religious.“ Talking with Ingmar Bergman

„Today the individual has become the highest form, and the greatest bane, of artistic creation. The smallest wound or pain of the ego is examined under a microscope as if it were of eternal importance. The artist considers his isolation, his subjectivity, his individualism almost holy. Thus we finally gather in one large pen, where we stand and bleat about our loneliness without listening to each other and without realizing that we are smothering each other to death. The individualists stare into each other's eyes and yet deny each other's existence. We walk in circles, so limited by our own anxieties that we can no longer distinguish between true and false, between the gangster's whim and the purest ideal.“

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