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Ingmar Bergman wearing beret and sitting in director's chair
Ingmar Bergman

Presented in association with Sydney Film Festival and National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Essential Bergman: Selected by David Stratton

11 Jun - 28 Jun

"Ingmar Bergman changed my life. When I saw Smiles of a Summer Night on October 31, 1957, at the Birmingham (UK) Film Society, my concept of cinema altered forever. An ardent film enthusiast, aged 18, weaned on Hitchcock, Ford, Hawks and British understatement, I found in Bergman's film aspects of cinema I'd never experienced before - emotion, truth, pain, lust - all presented in the most elegant of wrappings. After this experience I was open to anything the cinema had to offer from anywhere; Bergman led me to Fellini, Antonioni, Godard, Buñuel and all the other masters who were making films during that extraordinary period of cinema" - David Stratton

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