Jane Magnusson's documentary centres on 1957, a turbulent but miraculously productive year when Bergman, besides unveiling The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries and working extensively in theatre and TV, led a messily complicated domestic life. This is the springboard for a survey that spirals out to embrace everything from childhood to old age, touching on his many creative achievements, his strengths and failings as a man, and the way his art derived from his life.
This release includes both the theatrical version of the film and the expanded, four-hour edition made for Swedish TV, in which further illuminating anecdotes are offered by many who knew him perhaps none, however, quite as revealing as Bergman's own testimony
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Bergman: A Year in a Life Q&A (2019, 17 mins): Jane Magnusson in conversation with Geoff Andrew. Recorded at BFI Southbank in 2019
Ingmar Bergman Guardian Interview (1982, 62 mins, audio only): Bergman pays tribute to theatre and film director Alf Sjöberg, discussing his influence and impact on his own career. Recorded at the NFT in 1982
Vox Lipoma (2018, 11 mins): satirical animation about Ingmar Bergman’s power, sexuality and relationships
UK theatrical trailer (2019)
Illustrated booklet with new writing by Jane Magnusson and Geoff Andrew, plus full film credits