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By Ingmar Bergman

“When a movie isn't a rfile, it's a dream. . . . on the enhancing desk, whilst I run the strip of movie via, body by way of body, I nonetheless suppose that dizzy experience of magic of my childhood.” Bergman, who has conveyed this heady feel of ask yourself and imaginative and prescient to moviegoers for many years, strains his lifelong love affair with movie in his breathtakingly visible autobiography, The Magic Lantern.

More grand mosaic than linear account, Bergman’s vignettes hint his lifestyles from a rural Swedish early life via his paintings in theater to Hollywood’s golden age, and a tumultuous romantic historical past that incorporates 5 better halves and various mistresses. all through, Bergman recounts his lifestyles in a sequence of deeply own flashbacks that rfile the most vital moments in twentieth-century filmmaking in addition to the personal obsessions of the fellow at the back of them. bold in scope but sensitively wrought, The Magic Lantern is a window to the brain of 1 of our era’s nice geniuses.


“[Bergman] has came upon how to exhibit the soul’s landscape . . . . Many gripping revelations.”—New York instances booklet Review


“Joan Tate’s translation of this booklet has delicacy and real pitch . . . The Magic Lantern is as own and penetrating as a Bergman movie, wry, shadowy, austere.”—New Republic


“[Bergman] retains returning to his prior, reassessing it, distilling its that means, providing it to his audiences in awesome new shapes.”—New York Times


“What Bergman does relate, quite his tangled relationships together with his mom and dad, isn't just illuminating yet relatively relocating. No ‘tell-all’ publication this one, yet revealing in ways in which for much longer and allegedly R

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