Monday, July 30, 2007

INGMAR BERGMAN, R.I.P.


I was reading CNN online this morning and was bummed to see that talk show host Tom Snyder had passed away. Then I read a little further down and was completely devastated. One of my idols, the godfather of angst himself, Ingmar Bergman died as well.

The man made almost too many masterpieces to name--"Wild Strawberries", "The Seventh Seal", "Persona", "Shame", "Through a Glass Darkly", "The Magician", "Hour of the Wolf", "The Passion of Anna", "Sawdust and Tinsel", "Cries and Whispers", "Fanny and Alexander"...if you haven't seen any of these films I would highly recommend going to Waterfront Video immediately and renting a few. They can be dark and pretentious at times, but almost always rewarding, moving & beautiful portraits of the human condition, at both its best and worst.

Rest in piece, Ingmar. Tack.

4 comments:

casey said...

Wow. I must've written my eulogy at the same time as you.

jay said...

Just read your post Casey--very well said. Bergman was a true iconoclast; there may be imitators, but there will never be another one like him.

So let's see: Bergman's gone, Fellini's gone, Brakhage is gone...hang in there Jean-Luc Godard!

the le duo said...

my dad was interviewed by tom snyders on his talk radio show in the late 80's after he invented something while in the national guards that saved the taxpayers millions of dollars. he was a pretty good interviewer.

i dont know who this bergman fella was but tom snyder was a true humanitarian & national hero.

jay said...

Tom Snyder a national hero? You must be thinking of John Schneider. He was one of the Duke boys and rode the General Lee & was always getting himself in some kind of a pickle.

Entering a muscle car through the window and keeping one step ahead of Boss Hogg? Now that's national hero credentials.