Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Directed by Ingmar Bergman

46 Episodes

One of the most revelatory voices to emerge from the postwar explosion of international art-house cinema, Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman was a master storyteller who startled the world with his stark intensity and naked pursuit of the most profound metaphysical and spiritual questions. The struggles of faith and morality, the nature of dreams, and the agonies and ecstasies of human relationships—Bergman explored these subjects in films ranging from comedies whose lightness and complexity belie their brooding hearts to groundbreaking formal experiments and excruciatingly intimate explorations of family life.

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Directed by Ingmar Bergman
  • Crisis

    Episode 1

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1946 • Sweden
    Starring Inga Landgré, Marianne Löfgren

    With his very first film as a director, made under the mentorship of the silent-film maestro Victor Sjöström, Ingmar Bergman began exploring a couple of the essential themes of his early period: youth pitted agai...

  • A Ship to India

    Episode 2

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1947 • Sweden
    Starring Birger Malmsten, Holger Löwenadler, Gertrud Fridh

    The hunchbacked sailor Johannes (Birger Malmsten) longs to escape his home on a salvage ship helmed by his cruel, drunken father (Holger Löwenadler)—and so does the captain himself, who is slowl...

  • Port of Call

    Episode 3

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1948 • Sweden

    In Ingmar Bergman's PORT OF CALL, Berit, a suicidal young woman living in a working-class port town, unexpectedly falls for Gösta, a sailor on leave. Haunted by a troubled past and held in a vice grip by her domineering mother, Berit begins to hope that...

  • Thirst

    Episode 4

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1949 • Sweden

    A couple traveling across a war-ravaged Europe. A disintegrating marriage. A ballet dancer's scarred past. Her friend's psychological agony. Elliptically told in flashbacks and multiple narrative threads, Ingmar Bergman's THIRST shows people enslaved to...

  • To Joy

    Episode 5

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1950 • Sweden

    An orchestra violinist's dreams of becoming a celebrated soloist and fears of his own mediocrity get in the way of his marriage to the patient, caring Marta. Played out to the music of Beethoven, Ingmar Bergman's To Joy is a heartbreaking tale of one ma...

  • Summer Interlude

    Episode 6

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1951 • Sweden
    Starring Maj-Britt Nilsson, Birger Malmsten

    Touching on many of the themes that would define the rest of his career—isolation, performance, the inescapability of the past— Ingmar Bergman’s tenth film was a gentle drift toward true mastery. Maj-Britt Nil...

  • Waiting Women

    Episode 7

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1952 • Sweden
    Starring Anita Björk, Eva Dahlbeck, Maj-Britt Nilsson

    While at a summerhouse, awaiting their husbands’ return, a group of sisters-in-law recount stories from their respective marriages. Rakel (Anita Björk) tells of receiving a visit from a former lover ...

  • Sawdust and Tinsel

    Episode 8

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1953 • Sweden
    Starring Åke Grönberg, Harriet Andersson

    Ingmar Bergman presents the battle of the sexes as a ramshackle, grotesque carnival of humiliation in SAWDUST AND TINSEL, one of the master’s most vivid early works and his first of many collaborations with the g...

  • Summer with Monika

    Episode 9

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1953 • Sweden
    Starring Harriet Andersson, Lars Ekborg

    Inspired by the earthy eroticism of Harriet Andersson, in the first of her many roles for him, Ingmar Bergman had a major international breakthrough with this sensual and ultimately ravaging tale of young love. A ...

  • A Lesson in Love

    Episode 10

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1954 • Sweden

    One of Ingmar Bergman’s most satisfying marital comedies, A LESSON IN LOVE stars the droll and sparkling duo of Eva Dahlbeck and Gunnar Björnstrand as a couple deep into their married years and seeking fresh pastures. Björnstrand’s gynecologist falls fo...

  • Dreams

    Episode 11

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1955 • Sweden

    Grave and witty by turns, DREAMS develops into a probing study of the psychology of desire. Susanne (Eva Dahlbeck), head of a modeling agency, takes her protégée Doris (Harriet Andersson) to a fashion show in Göteborg, where Susanne makes contact with a...

  • Smiles of a Summer Night

    Episode 12

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1955 • Sweden
    Starring Ulla Jacobsson, Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson

    After fifteen films that received mostly local acclaim, the comedy SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT at last ushered in an international audience for Ingmar Bergman. In turn-of-the-century Sweden, four men...

  • The Seventh Seal

    Episode 13

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1957 • Sweden
    Starring Max von Sydow, Inga Landgré, Gunnar Björnstrand

    Returning exhausted from the Crusades to find medieval Sweden gripped by the Plague, a knight (Max von Sydow) suddenly comes face-to-face with the hooded figure of Death, and challenges him to a g...

  • Wild Strawberries

    Episode 14

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1957 • Sweden
    Starring Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin

    Traveling to accept an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg—masterfully played by the veteran filmmaker and actor Victor Sjöström—is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and make...

  • Brink of Life

    Episode 15

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1958 • Sweden
    Starring Ingrid Thulin, Eva Dahlbeck, Bibi Andersson

    At the height of his international acclaim, Ingmar Bergman followed two meditations on death, THE SEVENTH SEAL and WILD STRAWBERRIES, with an examination of the mystery and pain of birth. This intimat...

  • The Magician

    Episode 16

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1958 • Sweden
    Starring Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand

    With THE MAGICIAN, an engaging, brilliantly conceived tale of chicanery that doubles as a symbolic portrait of the artist as a deceiver, Ingmar Bergman proved himself to be one of cinema’s premier illusionists....

  • The Devil’s Eye

    Episode 17

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1960 • Sweden

    Ingmar Bergman's 1960 fantasy-comedy follows a reincarnated Don Juan on his assignment from the Devil, to seduce a country parson's young daughter, tarnishing her purity and shattering her faith in love. But his evil aims are muddled as the charming g...

  • The Virgin Spring

    Episode 18

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1960 • Sweden
    Starring Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg, Gunnel Lindblom

    Winner of the Academy Award for best foreign-language film, Ingmar Bergman’s THE VIRGIN SPRING is a harrowing tale of faith, revenge, and savagery in medieval Sweden. With austere simplicity, the...

  • Through a Glass Darkly

    Episode 19

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1961 • Sweden
    Starring Harriet Andersson, Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand

    While vacationing on a remote island retreat, a family finds its fragile ties tested when daughter Karin (an astonishing Harriet Andersson) discovers her father (Gunnar Björnstrand) has been ...

  • The Silence

    Episode 20

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1963 • Sweden
    Starring Ingrid Thulin, Gunnel Lindblom, Jörgen Lindström

    Two sisters—the sickly, intellectual Ester (Ingrid Thulin) and the sensual, pragmatic Anna (Gunnel Lindblom)—travel by train with Anna’s young son, Johan (Jörgen Lindström), to a foreign country ...

  • Winter Light

    Episode 21

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1963 • Sweden
    Starring Gunnar Björnstrand, Ingrid Thulin, Max von Sydow

    “God, why hast thou forsaken me?” With WINTER LIGHT, Ingmar Bergman explores the search for redemption in a meaningless existence. Small-town pastor Tomas Ericsson (Gunnar Björnstrand) performs h...

  • All These Women

    Episode 22

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1964 • Sweden

    When the famous cellist Jarl Kulle bribes a critic to write his biography, the critic decides to blackmail him with the intimate details gleaned from the many women in his life.

  • Persona

    Episode 23

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1966 • Sweden
    Starring Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson

    By the midsixties, Ingmar Bergman had already conjured many of the cinema’s most unforgettable images. But with the radical PERSONA, he attained new levels of visual poetry. In the first of a series of legendary perf...

  • Hour of the Wolf

    Episode 24

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1968 • Sweden

    The strangest and most disturbing of the films Ingmar Bergman shot on the island of Fårö, HOUR OF THE WOLF stars Max von Sydow as a haunted painter living in voluntary exile with his wife (Liv Ullmann). When the couple are invited to a nearby castle f...