Film director Bergman dies at 89

Film director Bergman dies at 89
Ingmar Bergman

Bergman was one of the foremost film-makers of the 20th Century
Legendary film-maker Ingmar Bergman has died aged 89, according to a Swedish news agency.

One of the key figures in modern cinema, the art-house favourite was best known for films like The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries.

He won three Oscars for best foreign language film between 1961 and 1984 – for The Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly and Fanny and Alexander

The director was married five times, most recently to Ingrid von Rosen.

He fathered eight children, including one who only found out she was his daughter at the age of 22.

Unsurprisingly, his work often explored the tensions between married couples.

The Swedish auteur directed more than 40 films during his career, beginning with Crisis in 1946.

But it was not until the appearance of two tales of all-consuming love affairs – Summer Interlude in 1951 and Summer with Monika in 1953 – that his cinematic work was celebrated.

His reputation was sealed by the international art-house hit The Seventh Seal in 1957.

The movie, currently back in cinemas to celebrate its 50th anniversary, is famous for the often-parodied scene in which one of the characters plays chess with death.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Film director Bergman dies at 89.

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