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Film info: ...but Film Is My Mistress

Film Information

Original Title ...but Film Is My Mistress
English Title ...but Film Is My Mistress
Director Stig Björkman
Year 2010
Format Digibeta
Colour Color + B&W
Duration 66 min
  • Liv Ullmann, Lars von Trier, Olivier Assayas, Arnaud Desplechin, Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Guión: Stig Björkman
  • Montaje: Dominika Daubenbüchel
  • Producción: Stina Gardell


An exciting approach to Bergman and his work from different angles, all of them particularly attractive: 1. The documentary is led by Liv Ullman. 2. It features all of these filmmakers, who were somehow influenced by Bergman: Woody Allen, Olivier Assayas, Bernardo Bertolucci, Arnaud Desplechin, John Sayles, Lars von Trier, and Martin Scorsese. 3. There’s behind-the-scenes material from eight Bergman films, including Persona, Cries and Whispers, and Saraband (the fragments are part of the archive Bergman donated in 2002). Those images feature Bergman talking to his actors and actresses, his cinematographer Sven Nykvist, Bergman placing the camera, etc. 4. Finally, we see a few segments of the films we saw him prepare. If the ferocious and brilliant Saraband was Bergman’s farewell, this documentary by Stig Björkman (a follow up to Images from the Playground) uses first class footage to focus on getting to know him even more and keeping him always present for his devoted followers.

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