In Their Words – Sunday, July 14, 2013

Bergman with Ingrid Thulin, Kari Sylwan, Harriet Andersson, and Liv Ullmann 'Cries and Whispers' (1972)
Bergman with Ingrid Thulin, Kari Sylwan, Harriet Andersson, and Liv Ullmann ‘Cries and Whispers’ (1972)

“I’ve had to learn everything about movies by myself. For the theater, I studied with a wonderful old man in Goteborg, where I spent four years. He was a hard, difficult man, but he knew the theater- and I learned from him. For the movies, however, there was no one. Before the War, I was a schoolboy. Then, during the War, we got see no foreign films at all. By the time it was over, I was working had to support a wife and three children. Before, fortunately, I am by nature an autodidact, one who can teach himself- though it’s an uncomfortable thing at times. Self-taught people sometimes cling too much to the technical side, the sure side and place technical perfection too high.” –Ingmar Bergman