Ingmar Bergman. The Swedish master who made existential and soul-searching films that constitute one of the richest bodies of work in the history of cinema. Bergman centered his work on two great themes — the relationship between the sexes and the relationship between mankind and God.
Mr. Bergman was widely considered one of the greatest directors in motion picture history. For much of the second half of the 20th century, he stood with directors like Federico Fellini and Akira Kurosawa at the pinnacle of serious filmmaking.
”I don't want to produce a work of art that the public can sit and suck aesthetically…. I want to give them a blow in the small of the back, to scorch their indifference, to startle them out of their complacency.”