One of the greatest and most important filmmakers of the 20th century, Ingmar Bergman, died a peaceful death at his home on the small island of Faro, off the Swedish coast. I double-checked a few times, but SPIEGEL ONLINE actually is incorrect when they call him “three-time Oscar winner”. While he was nominated for nine Oscars, and three of his films won Best Foreign Language Film awards (Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly, and Fanny and Alexander), he never won the Best Director award. Clint Eastwood, on the other hand, won four — not that I don’t like him, but he can’t hold a candle compared to Bergman.
I can’t quite decide which is my favorite Bergman film — The Seventh Seal or Wild Strawberries, both from 1957. Wild Strawberries was the first Bergman movie I ever saw, at a rickety repertoire theater in Munich. In the early Seventies, WAY before VHS/DVD times. Now that they’re so readily available, it’s time to rent some of the films I haven’t seen yet, like Autumn Sonata — with Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann — and Scenes From a Marriage.