Sunday, August 12, 2007

Everything you always wanted to know about...

Woody Allen and Ingmar Bergman, in a New York Times piece by Allen that answers the questions, Did they know each other, and what kind of relationship did they have? Bergman was of course a major, some might say unfortunate, influence on Allen, and this reminiscence/eulogy fills in some of the blanks. What I wanted to know was what Bergman felt about members of his stock company, like Liv Ullmann, Max Von Sydow, and Ingrid Thulin, leaving the nest to appear in the Hollywood likes of the Lost Horizon musical, Flash Gordon, and The Cassandra Crossing, but given an affection for James Bond he probably just laughed as they unspooled on his projector on Faro Island.

Also, Martin Scorsese on Michelangelo Antonioni, a muse. It might have been more interesting to have had, say, Transformers director Michael Bay write about how Bergman transformed his life and art, but I doubt Bay could pen such a piece, and no one would believe it anyway.

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