film as art...

Persona (1966)

Blow-up (1966)

L'Avventura (1960)

  The Seventh

Fanny and Alexander (1982)

Il Deserto Rosso (1964)


These films are among my favorites, each one impacting in a different way. Persona and L’Avventura are from my short list.


Collin said...

A fabulous selection of images, Sam. I just heard about Antonioni last night.

LKD said...

If a person, such as myself, reluctantly admitted that she had never experienced a Bergman film, which one would you suggest that person should view first?

Which Bergman film was your first, Sam?

And you, Collin?

And which is your favorite?

Collin said...

I would probably start with "Fanny & Alexander" then "The Seventh Seal," "Cries and Whispers" and "Persona."

sam of the ten thousand things said...

I agree with Collin - Fanny and Alexander would be the best starting point.

The first Bergman film I ever saw was Persona, and I never looked back. That film knocked me over. But it's not the best place to begin with Bergman's world.

Wild Strawberries is one I would want to add to the list - after Persona. Also, add Smiles of a Summer Night after Fanny & Alexander. Add The Virgin Spring after The Seventh Seal.

I don't know how familiar you are with Antonioni's films - but he's a must see as well. Blow-up is a great starting point with his works.

Pamela said...

I'm throwing in my two cents--I'm not very adept with Bergman's work. My first was "Cries and Whispers," which was just too overwhelming. "Fanny and Alexander" is my favorite. I went back to "Cries and Whispers" later and had a better understanding of what was going on.

You can't go wrong with Antonioni's "Blow-Up."

I would like to know what you recommend with Kurosawa. I've seen "Rashomon" and "Seven Samurai." Where do I go from there?

Thanks for sharing your expertise.

sam of the ten thousand things said...

Ikiru is a must. I can't begin to explain how great that film is.

Also, Ran and Stray Dog.

Thanks for the read - or I guess it's the view -- Pamela.