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Bergman, Ingmar (Subject) & Jones, G. William (Author). TALKING WITH INGMAR BERGMAN. Dallas, TX: Southern Methodist University Press, 1983. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 100 pages. Fine/Fine.

Full-length critical assessment of the Swedish director's work. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only by a University Press. Many have made the trip to Sweden, but few have returned with as much to share about Ingmar Bergman's working methods, beginnings, and development, breakthroughs, triumphs, self-admitted failures, and his view of what his place is in world cinema. Although Bergman had already made most of his greatest films by the time of the book's publication, especially "Persona" and the chamber trilogy "Through A Glass Darkly", "Winter Light", and "The Silence" as well as groundbreaking theater work, it is amazing how much information and insight could be gleaned from him about his work by an intelligent and perceptive scholar/critic. 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). A masterly account, this is a "must-have" title for Ingmar Bergman collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the true First Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the best books on possibly the greatest film director of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER INGMAR BERGMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 087074187X. $30.00

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