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Bergman, Ingmar (Subject); Duncan, Paul & Wanselius, Bengt (Editors). THE INGMAR BERGMAN ARCHIVES: THE DELUXE EDITION. Cologne, Germany: Benedikt Taschen Verlag, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 592 pages. Fine.

Massive retrospective volume on subject. The single best book on Ingmar Bergman ever published. Special Commemorative Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the 2010 and 2018 regular trade editions. Published in a one-time-only print run as a hardcover original only. The Special Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Benedikt Taschen: Oversize-volume format. The book weighs 12 pounds. Blue hard boards with black cloth overboards and titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Film and text by Ingmar Bergman. Edited with full Annotations and Essays by Paul Duncan and Bengt Wanselius in conjunction with a diverse group of contributors. DVD containing 110 minutes of new and rare documentary footage: "Bergman's Home Movies", "Behind The Scenes of 'Autumn Sonata' ", "An Image-Maker", and "A Video Diary of 'Saraband' ". Original film strip from the copy of "Fanny and Alexander" that was watched by Bergman on his film projector. Cardboard box with plastic handle with titles printed on the boards. Printed on pristine-white, archival stock paper in Cologne, Germany to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in its definitive edition, "The Ingmar Bergman Archives". The most in-depth exploration of Bergman's complete works. The project was begun in cooperation with the artist and completed with full access to his archives. "In a career that spanned 60 years, he wrote, produced, and directed 50 films that defined how we see ourselves and how we interact with the people we love, in films like 'Persona', 'Scenes From A Marriage', and 'Fanny And Alexander'. Bergman gave complete access to his archives at The Bergman Foundation and permission to reissue his writings and interviews, many of which have never been seen outside Sweden. Bengt Wanselius discovered previously unseen images from Bergman's films and selected unpublished images from the personal archives of many photographers. Paul Duncan gathered a team of Bergman experts who have written a narrative that combines Bergman's working life in film and theater" (Publisher's blurb). Ingmar Bergman died on July 30, 2007 at the age of 89, an irreplaceable loss to world culture. Given the abysmal state and irreversible decline of contemporary cinema, there are no words to describe the loss of its single greatest figure. "The greatest film artist since the invention of the motion picture camera" (Woody Allen). An absolute "must-have" title for Ingmar Bergman collectors. This title is a great collectible book. This is one of few copies of the XL Special Commemorative Edition (the first and only printing) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Precedes and should NOT be confused with the 2010 and 2018 regular trade editions. Published in a one-time-only print run as a hardcover original Deluxe Edition only. Includes DVD of rare Bergman film footage. A rare copy thus. Winner of the August Prize for The Best Non-Fiction Book in 2008, the most prestigious literary prize in Sweden. The greatest film director of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER INGMAR BERGMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 383650023X. $300.00

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