Ingmar Bergman

Authored by: Rikard Loman

The Routledge Companion to Directors’ Shakespeare

Print publication date:  April  2010
Online publication date:  June  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415400442
eBook ISBN: 9780203932520
Adobe ISBN: 9781134146482

10.4324/9780203932520.ch1

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Abstract

For most people, Ingmar Bergman (1918–2007) was a film-maker, an auteur du cinéma, but he was also a writer and a theatre director. The stage was, in fact, his creative base for more than sixty years. He made some fifty films, but he produced twice as many plays. In an often-quoted passage, he called the cinema his mistress and the theatre his faithful wife. As a theatre director he is known primarily as an interpreter of the classics, mainly a handful of plays by Strindberg, Ibsen, Molière – and Shakespeare.

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