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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Summer 2007

E s322 • Films of Ingmar Bergman

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
84490 MTWThF
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
par 206

Course Description

Ingmar Bergman (born in Stockholm in 1918) is one of the world's greatest filmmakers. His career has spanned over sixty years and includes such works as the sophisticated comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), the allegorical Seventh Seal (1957), the avant-garde Persona (1966), the masterful television adaptation of Mozart's The Magic Flute (1975), and the television miniseries Fanny and Alexander (1982). He has also written scripts for many other filmmakers, including Bille August and Liv Ullmann. In 2003, he directed the television film Saraband (2003), and in 2005, Milan Kundera adapted one of his plays for television.

This course is intended as an introduction both to the films of Ingmar Bergman and to the viewing of films in general. We will look at representative films by this prolific and gifted filmmaker, considering them in the contexts of the director's life, Scandinavian culture, and issues of film theory and aesthetics.

Grading Policy

One two-page paper (5%); one five-page paper which may be rewritten (25%); one storyboard (10%) accompanied by a five-page essay (25%), and five quizzes (25%; you may drop the lowest grade). Class participation will count 10%.


Bordwell and Thompson, Film Art: An Introduction (7th ed.)
Peter Cowie, Ingmar Bergman
Braudy and Cohen, Film Theory and Criticism
Hairston et al., The Scott Foresman Handbook for Writers
Films: Port of Call, Prison, Monika, Sawdust and Tinsel, Smiles of a Summer Night, Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, The Magician, Through a Glass Darkly, The Silence, Persona, Hour of the Wolf, The Passion of Anna, Cries and Whispers, Autumn Sonata, The Magic Flute, Fanny and Alexander, Document: Fanny and Alexander, After the Rehearsal


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