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“There is no art form that has so much in common with film as music. Both affect our emotions directly, not via the intellect.” — Ingmar Bergman

Ernst Ingmar Bergman (14 July 1918 – 30 July 2007) was a Swedish director, writer, and producer for film, stage, and television. He directed over sixty films and documentaries for cinematic release and for television, most of which he also wrote. He also directed over 170 plays. Most of his films were set in the landscape of Sweden, covering major topics of death, illness, faith, betrayal, and insanity. His career was active for more than six decades but went into self-imposed exile in Germany after a botched criminal investigation for alleged income tax evasion.

     –   Smiles Of A Summer Night / Sommamattens leende (1955): A film featuring three dysfunctional couples; who are forced to intermingle in a country estate. A comedy of dark proportions.
     –   The Seventh Seal / Det sjunde inseglet (1957): The tale of a knight who returns home after the Crusades to find his home ravaged by the plague. A search for meaning amidst death and disillusionment.
     –   Wild Strawberries / Smultronstället (1957): A character study of a retired medical professor who reveals much about his past and memories during a long automobile trip. Considered to be one of Bergman’s most emotional and optimistic films because of its thought-provoking themes of self-discovery and human existence.
     –   The Virgin Spring / Jungfrukällan (1960): A revenge tale about a father’s merciless response to the rape and murder of his young daughter. Considered controversial when released due to its infamous rape scene.
     –   Through A Glass Darkly / Smultronstället (1961): The first film in the “Bergman Trilogy,” three movies that explore faith and doubt in God. A film which takes place in a 24-hour period, with only four characters vacationing on an isolated island. Its title is lifted from a biblical passage in 1 Corinthian13, in which seeing through a glass darkly refers to our understanding of God when we are alive; the view will only be clear when we die.
     –   Winter Light / Nattvardsgästerna (1962): The second film in the “Bergman Trilogy.” A pastor of a small rural church attempts to come to terms with an existential crisis and his dwindling faith in Christianity.
     –   The Silence / Tystnaden (1963): The third film in the “Bergman Trilogy.” Two sisters — one young and sensuous and one older, more intellectual, and seriously ill — travel homewards through a Central European country on the brink of a war.
     –   Persona (1966): Considered by Bergman to be one of his most important films. An exploration of psychology and dreams, through quite an experimental filter.
     –   Shame / Skammen (1968): An exploration of shame, stress, jealousy, self-loathing, and anxiety through a politically unaware couple attempting to flee a war-ravaged European nation.
     –   Cries And Whispers / Viskningar och rop (1972): Two sisters watch over their third sister who is on her deathbed, torn between fearing that she may die and hoping that she will. Unlike Bergman’s previous films, this one uses saturated colors, especially crimson.

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Chelsea Wolfe – “Pale On Pale”, “Movie Screen”, “Demons”Live Performances On Room 205

Incase’s Room 205 is a rare company-sponsored series of music videos that actually makes sense. For starters, they actually pick good musicians and actually seem to know what they’re doing in terms of video work. They’ve just released this new session, for Chelsea Wolfe’s “Pale On Pale.” I’ve had this blues and doom track on...Read...