omplete QPORIT: December 2013

Friday, December 27, 2013

 

2014 CALENDAR OF INTERESTING EVENTS

 

2014

CALENDAR

OF

INTERESTING EVENTS


HOLIDAYS AND SPECIAL EVENT DAYS
FILM FESTIVALS
AWARDS
MEETINGS AND CONVENTIONS
SPORTS   

JAN 2014


01 WED – Happy New Year!

07 TUE - Consumer Electronics Show (CES) - Las Vegas to Jan 10
=>http://www.cesweb.org/

08 WED – People’s Choice Awards - CBS 9 PM EST
=>http://www.peopleschoice.com/pca/

12 SUN - Golden Globes - NBC 8 PM EST
=>http://www.hfpa.org/

13 MON -Australian Tennis Open - to Jan 26
==>  http://www.grandslamtennistours.com/travel-destinations/australian-open/schedule-of-play

16 THU – OSCAR Nominations
=>http://oscar.go.com/nominees

16 THU – Sundance Film FestivalPark City, Utah – to Jan 26
=>http://www.sundance.org/festival/

18 SAT – SAG Awards - TNT TBS 7 PM EST
=>http://www.sagawards.org

20 MON – Martin Luther King Day

25 SAT – Directors Guild (DGA) Awards
=>http://www.dga.org/awards/annual.aspx

26 SUN -- THE GRAMMY'S -- CBS 8 PM EST
=>http://www.cbs.com/shows/grammys/
=>http://www.grammy.com/news

   

FEBRUARY 2014


02 SUN - Super Bowl XLVIII (48)
==> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl_XLVIII

06 THU – Berlin Film FestivalPark City, Utah – to Feb 16
=> http://www.berlinale.de/en/HomePage.html

14 FRI – Valentine’s Day

17 MON – President’s Day




MARCH 2014


02 SUN – OSCARS - ABC 7 PM EST
=>http://oscar.go.com/


04 TUE – Mardi Gras – New Orleans

07 FRIRendez-Vous with French Cinema - NY to Mar 16
=>http://rendezvouswithfrenchcinema.com/

07 FRISouth by Southwest Festival (SXSW) – Austin, TX to Mar 16
=>http://sxsw.com/

07 FRI - Sochi Winter Olympics
==> http://www.sochi2014.com/en/

17 MON – St Patrick’s Day

19 WED – New Directors / New Films (ND/NF)NY to Mar 30
=>http://newdirectors.org/


APRIL 2014


14 MON Eve - Passover - to Sundown Apr 22.

16 WED – Tribeca Film Festival (TFF)- NY to Apr 27
=>http://tribecafilm.com/festival

20 SUN – Easter


MAY 2014


11 SUN – Mother’s Day

14 WED – Cannes Film Festival Cannes France to May 25
=>http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en.html

25 SUN - French Open Tennis
==> http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/





26 MON – Memorial Day

28 WED - World Science Festival NY to JUN 1
=>http://worldsciencefestival.com/wsf2014



JUNE 2014


10 TUE – Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) - LA – to Jun 12
=>http://www.e3expo.com/homepage/

12 THU - World Cup Soccer
==> http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/final-draw/news/newsid=2240026/index.html


15 SUN – Father’s Day

23 MON - Wimbledon Tennis
==> http://www.tennisboxoffice.com/

   

JULY 2014


04 FRI – July 4 / Independence Day

15 TUE - Baseball All-Star Game
==> http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/schedule/important_dates.jsp



AUGUST 2014

10 SUN -- SIGGRAPH 2014 - Vancouver - to Aug 14
==> http://www.siggraph.org/

23 MON - US Open Tennis - to Sep 8
==> http://www.usopen.org/

 

SEPTEMBER 2014


01 Mon – Labor Day

24 WED Eve – Rosh Hashanah – to sundown Sep 26

26 FRI – New York Film Festival (NYFF)NY to Oct 12
=>http://www.filmlinc.com/



OCTOBER 2014


03 FRI eve – Yom Kippur

09 THU – Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF)East Hampton, NY to Oct 13
=>http://hamptonsfilmfest.org/


13 MON – Columbus Day

22 WED - Baseball World Series (tentative)
==> http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/schedule/important_dates.jsp


31 FRI – Halloween



NOVEMBER 2014


04 TUE – Election Day

27 THU - Thanksgiving



DECEMBER 2014


25 THU – Christmas

31 TUE – New Year’s Eve

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

 

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY


Inspired by the classic James Thurber story in the New Yorker (but not beholden to its details, nor to the 1947 film version with Danny Kaye), Ben Stiller's THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY is one of the great classic fantasy romantic comedies.

It is smart, funny, fantastical, entertaining and romantic.

In the original story, a timid Mitty daydreams big dreams.  In this film, a serious, low key functionary at a dying LIFE magazine lives big adventures he never dreamed of, just trying to do his job. 

Mitty can not find the negative of the image he is responsible for delivering to be Life magazine's final cover photo.

It is both the seriousness of purpose of Ben Stiller's Mitty, trying to do his job and obtain the image, together with the gentle development of his timid crush on co-worker Kristen Wiig into a deep relationship, that give the film its charm.  As the film becomes more and more fantastical, to keep up with more and more outrageously difficult obstacles to finding the image, Stiller manages to maintain the right match with the filmmaking style.

Ben Stiller
In search of that missing image
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
NYFF 2013

Also, in developing their relationship, Stiller and Wiig have created one of the most interesting and attractive couples ever to grace a romantic comedy.

Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
NYFF 2013


Not showing up on ten best lists or the Golden Globe nominations, THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY is, I think, being grossly underrated by critics (never great judges of romantic comedies in any case), who are missing its charm, its sophistication, its ability to keep shifting into higher and higher gear, its humor and its romance.  And especially its originality.  It is a different kind of romantic comedy. It is a quasi-realistic romantic fantasy about adults. Working adults. Not child-adults.Not silly adults.  Not got-to-get-laid teens. Not got-to-get-life-partnered adults. Adult adults.

This film is on my BEST list.  It's a classic!

Ben Stiller
Directing THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
NYFF 2013



THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
Directed by Ben Stiller
From the original story by James Thurber
Screenplay by Steve Conrad

Cast:
     Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig
     also Sean Penn and Shirley Maclaine
     plus Amy Stiller (Ben's sister) and a gazillion other people.



THE TRAILER





THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0359950

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY ON WIKIPEDIA
The original story --  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret_Life_of_Walter_Mitty
The 1947 film --  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret_Life_of_Walter_Mitty_%281947_film%29
This film --  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret_Life_of_Walter_Mitty_%282013_film%29


HERE'S THE ORIGINAL STORY FROM THE NEW YORKER
http://www.newyorker.com/archive/1939/03/18/390318fi_fiction_thurber?currentPage=all


BEN STILLER ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001774/

BEN STILLER ON WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Stiller

QPORIT - BEN STILLER AT THE HB STUDIO GALA
HONORING HIS PARENTS - STILLER AND MEARA
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2008/11/photos-from-hbs-stiller-and-meara-gala.html

Ben was a guest on an SNL show hosted by Robert DeNiro which included the classic sketch, "Who Do I have To Screw To Get A Drink Around Here," officially called "It's a living." 

QPORIT: CLASSIC SKETCH WITH BEN STILLER ON SNL
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2010/12/snl-who-do-i-have-to-screw-to-get-drink.html

Search AMAZON for BEN STILLER


Kristen Wiig, of course, was a long time GREAT performer on SNL.  She and Ben met, I believe, when Ben was a guest host.

KRISTEN WIIG ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1325419/

KRISTEN WIIG ON WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristen_Wiig





Search AMAZON for KRISTEN WIIG



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Saturday, December 21, 2013

 

SNL -- DEC 21, 2013 -- HOST: JIMMY FALLON with musical guest JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE



SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

 
SNL -- DEC 21, 2013


HOST


JIMMY FALLON


with Musical Guest


JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE


http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/



Jimmy Fallon is a former cast member of SNL and a late night show host.  He is to be promoted to replace Jay Leno on NBC soon.

 JIMMY FALLON -- IMDB
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Fallon


JIMMY FALLON -- WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Fallon


Search AMAZON FOR
JIMMY FALLON




Justin Timberlake has been a frequent SNL host and musical guest (and sometimes both -- see March 9, 2013!)

Here's more information about Justin Timberlake:

Note: Justin has won 4 EMMY's, TWO for appearances on SNL!


JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE ON WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Timberlake

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005493/

Search
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE ON AMAZON


RECAP...

This was a sophisticated show.  Both Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are expert performers, and their skill was evident, both in the complexity of the sketches, and in their performance. Also worth noting is that -- unusual for SNL -- both the "host" AND the "musical guest" were in many sketches; in fact, they were in many sketches together.  In one sketch Justin played Jimmy.  Jimmy's good at physical comedy and impressions, as well as just being there and being comfortable in the sketches. There were many celebrity visitors, including Madonna, Paul McCartney, and Mayor Bloomberg.


COLD OPEN --  Justin (joined by Jimmy) reprised the street performer interfering with a lame charity worker.  Appropriately they were gift (w)rapping.

MONOLOG -- Jimmy did a skilled impersonation of Bob Dylan.  His impersonation of Paul McCartney was interrupted by the real thing. Jimmy sang well.  It's always impressive when an SNL cast member (or non-singer host) can duet with a major musician.

FAMILY FEUD -- An amusing sketch, but too long.  The density of laughs (jokes per minute) was too low. Jimmy Fallon does a real good Big Bang.

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (WITH THE BOYFRIEND) -- One of the best sketches of the night! (aka DO IT ON MY TWINBED).

PROMOS (real) -- Drake (actor & Grammy winning rapper) will be Host & Musical Guest on Jan 18. Golden Globes, hosted by SNL alums Tina Fey & Amy Poehler will be Jan 12.

BARRY GIBB TALK SHOW -- Jimmy & Justin do great work together. Physical comedy too. They do a great "Gibbs". Madonna (real) and Barry Gibb (real) show up!

MUSICAL SEGMENT -- The first music set had a great look and a good sound, but as is so often the case with the SNL mix, the words were mostly incomprehensible. In fact, ironically, about the only lyrics from the song that I understood were, "I can't hear a word you say." (I found the music and lyrics of the second set boring.)

WEEKEND UPDATE -- Good jokes, especially the translation of what your dog is saying.  BILLY JEAN KING was fine.  PEOPLE WITH NEW JOBS (Mayor Bloomberg (real), leaving office; Jimmy Fallon (real)  taking over the Tonight show; and Seth Meyers (real) replacing Jimmy Fallon on Late Night) was fine.

WAKING UP WITH KIMYE -- A stupid sketch about a stupid person. (Note to SNL: For stupid to be funny it has to be really really smart.)

NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL CHRISTMAS -- (Fake) promos for a (fake) album of Christmas songs.  Funny moments. Some impersonations were on the mark, some were funny, some were too short to click.

CHRISTMAS PAST -- Scrooge learns what his real problem was.  I re-watched this sketch a few times and liked it more and more each time I watched it.

BABY ITS COLD OUTSIDE -- A nice, modern, romantic, musical sketch.  But it pulled its punches. It could have been a classic if (after the 12 minutes) it had been sexier, more explicit, with less clothes, and ended with the kiss it looked like they were going for.

All in all a good, funny, sophisticated show that provided a nice promo intro for Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show future.  

HERE'S
DO IT ON MY TWINBED




 
HERE'S
CHRISTMAS PAST 




HERE'S
BABY ITS COLD OUTSIDE




Here are links to some other SNL stories on QPORIT:

SNL - DEC 14, 2013 -- HOST: JOHN GOODMAN with musical guest KINGS OF LEON
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/12/snl-dec-14-2013-host-john-goodman-with.htm

SNL - DEC 7, 2013 -- HOST: PAUL RUDD with musical guest ONE DIRECTION
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/12/snl-dec-7-2013-host-paul-rudd-with.html

SNL - NOV 16, 2013 - LADY GAGA with musical guest LADY GAGA
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/11/snl-nov-16-2013-lady-gaga-with-musical.html

SNL -- OCT 5, 2013 -- HOST: MILEY CYRUS with musical guest MILEY CYRUS
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/10/snl-oct-5-2013-host-miley-cyrus-with.html 

SNL -- MAY 18, 2013 -- HOST: BEN AFFLECK with musical guest KANYE WEST -- SEASON FINALE
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/05/snl-may-18-2013-host-ben-affleck-with.html

SNL -- MAY 11, 2013 -- HOST: KRISTEN WIIG with musical guest... VAMPIRE WEEKEND (Fun Show!)
 

http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/05/snl-may-11-2013-host-kristen-wiig-with.html

SNL -- APR 13, 2013 -- HOST: VINCE VAUGHN with musical guest... MIGUEL

 http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/04/snl-apr-13-2013-host-vince-vaughn-with.html

SNL -- MAR 9, 2013 -- HOST: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE with musical guest... JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

 http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/03/snl-mar-9-2013-host-justin-timberlake.html

SNL -- FEB 9, 2013 -- HOST: JUSTIN BIEBER with musical guest... JUSTIN BIEBER
 http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/02/snl-feb-9-2013-host-justin-bieber-with.html

SNL -- JAN 26, 2013 -- ADAM LEVINE with KENDRICK LAMAR (Great show! & lots of clips!!)
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/01/snl-jan-26-2013-adam-levine-with.html

SNL -- JAN 19, 2013 --JENNIFER LAWRENCE with THE LUMINEERS
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/01/snl-jan-19-2013-jennifer-lawrence-with.html

SNL -- DEC 15, 2012 -- MARTIN SHORT WITH PAUL MCCARTNEY
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2012/12/snl-dec-15-2012-martin-short-with-paul.html

SNL -- DEC 8, 2012 -- JAMIE FOXX WITH NE-YO
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2012/12/snl-dec-8-2012-jamie-foxx-with-ne-yo.html

SNL -- NOV 10, 2012 -- ANNE HATHAWAY WITH RIHANNA
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2012/11/snl-nov-10-2012-anne-hathaway-with.html

SNL -- OCT 20, 2012 -- BRUNO MARS
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2012/10/snl-oct-20-2012-bruno-mars.html

SNL -- SEP 22, 2012 -- JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT WITH MUMFORD & SONS
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2012/09/snl-sep-22-2012-joseph-gordon-levitt.html

SNL -- SEP 15, 2012 – SEASON PREMIERE! -- SETH MACFARLANE WITH FRANK OCEAN
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2012/09/snl-sep-15-2012-season-premiere-seth.html


 


SNL OFFICIAL SITE
http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/


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Friday, December 13, 2013

 

LIV & INGMAR


THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER

LIV & INGMAR: THE FILMS
December 13-19

including
Dheeraj Akolkar’s LIV & INGMAR


Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Berman
Dheeraj Akolkar's LIV & INGMAR


and Liv Ullmann in Ingmar Bergman’s
AUTUMN SONATA, CRIES AND WHISPERS,
PERSONA, FACE TO FACE,
HOUR OF THE WOLF, THE PASSION OF ANNA, 
SARABAND, SHAME
and “Scenes From a Marriage”


Presented, (exactly as it should be!) in conjunction with a major retrospective of Ingmar Bergman’s profound films made with Liv Ullmann, Dheeraj Akolkar’s LIV & INGMAR is a revealing appreciation of the emotional and intellectual depth of Ingmar Bergman’s direction and Liv Ullmann’s acting. Dheeraj Akolkar’s LIV & INGMAR was one of the highlights of the 2012 New York Film Festival.

This is a very important retrospective, and the first in a very long time. Many years ago, when a movie theater and a café existed alongside and underneath Carnegie Hall, there was a retrospective of Ingmar Bergman’s films in the theater, followed each week by a noted film critic discussing the film in the café. Some of us went every week, and it was a profound experience. (With the resources of the Film Society, it would be spectacular if they could put together some similar live seminars to further enrich the screenings.)

In a way, however, Akolkar’s LIV & INGMAR, does serve part of the function of providing some extra commentary on the films. Everyone interested in Bergman’s films, and especially those who come to the screenings should see LIV & INGMAR. (For that matter, anyone who is not interested in Bergman’s films should be, so they should also see LIV & INGMAR.)

This is such a terrific retrospective, my only regret is that it will be over so fast: if only there were a way to keep all these films available beyond this short, busy week.

In the film LIV & INGMAR, Liv talks about their life together, intercut with scenes from films she made with him. Her warmth and emotional power, and the way their life and her personality infuse the films is fascinating.

She also talks about Bergman’s compound on the island of Faro where many of the films were made. A center for filmmakers has been established at the site, co-founded by Linn Ullmann, the daughter of Liv and Ingmar. The Bergman Center has had difficulty sustaining itself and deserves to have a strong financial foundation. (More about the Bergman Center and the – not directly related – Ingmar Bergman Foundation below.)

Liv Ullmann, in person, is warm and wonderful to talk with. Excerpts from our conversation can be seen below.

Currently she is filming her own adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie, starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, and Samantha Morton. And she is planning to direct an adaption of A Doll’s House in New York.

 
FILMLINC ON LIV & INGMAR: THE FILMS… 

Liv Ullmann was 25, a new actress with a handful of films on her resume and Ingmar Bergman was 46 and widely considered one of the greatest living filmmakers when he invited her to work on a film called PERSONA, and the rest is cinematic history. Over twelve films in which he directed her, and two films she made based on his screenplays, Ullmann and Bergman formed one of the most remarkable and fruitful artistic collaborations ever. The intensity of their work on screen was matched by their passion off screen; they fell in love, and for about five years lived as a couple. Yet even after their romantic break-up they continued to be, as Bergman put it, “painfully connected.”

Liv & Ingmar – The Films (December 13-19) will include AUTUMN SONATA (1978), featuring Ingrid Bergman’s Academy Award-nominated performance as a famous concert pianist who reunites with the daughter (played by Ullmann) she had abandoned in pursuit of her career; the multiple Academy Award-nominated (and winner for Best Cinematography) CRIES AND WHISPERS (1972) which follows the intertwining relationship between three sisters and death; the landmark classic PERSONA (1966) with the duel of identities between an actress (Ullmann) and her nurse companion (Bibi Andersson); and “Scenes From a Marriage” (1974), Bergman’s first made-for-TV project and a harrowing relationship chronicle that is arguably unequaled in its depiction of the growth and destruction of a long term relationship.

Akolkar’s elegant documentary LIV & INGMAR, which screened at the 2012 New York Film Festival, is narrated by Ullmann and shows how much the relationship between Bergman and Ullmann became the subtext—and perhaps in a few cases such as ”Scenes From a Marriage,” the actual text—for many of the masterworks they created together.


Tickets are now on sale. Special Holiday pricing applies for the Liv & Ingmar: The Films series, with tickets $10 for General Public and only $7 for Students, Seniors (62+) as well as Film Society members. This offer does not apply to the theatrical release of LIV & INGMAR. 

Visit 

www.FilmLinc.com 

for additional information.



Film descriptions for Liv & Ingmar – The Films


AUTUMN SONATA (1978) 97 min
Format: 35mm
Country: USA
When a famous concert-pianist (Ingrid Bergman) goes home to Sweden for a reunion with the now-married, self-sacrificing daughter (Liv Ullmann) she essentially abandoned in favor of her career, the two women try to make their peace with the past. In flashback and in closeup, during a ferocious 24-hour encounter session, Bergman makes us see that the past is a country that can be revisited, but never really altered.
Friday, December 13
Monday, December 16


CRIES AND WHISPERS (1972) 95 min
Format: 35mm
Country: Sweden
A shattering close encounter with death, the painfully voluptuous visual and aural experience of which should elicit only an eloquent silence. Three sisters have taken up residence in a large family manor: Agnes (Harriet Andersson), dying in agony of cancer; Karin (Ingrid Thulin), ripped apart by a vampire-like appetite for human connection and an inability to get outside herself; and Maria (Liv Ullmann), trapped in her own narcissism and sensuality. Death, to Agnes's sisters, is inconvenient, an affront to their egotism-- they are heartless souls islanded within the rounds of their flesh. In contrast, the dead Agnes, sacramentally cradled against her maid's earth-mother breasts, finds heaven-- even resurrection-- in sweet memories of summer innocence. This superb film plumbs the deepest, darkest waters of the female body and spirit to find transcendent beauty and truth.
Friday, December 13
Monday, December 16

Liv Ullmann
FACE TO FACE
 

FACE TO FACE (1975) 136 min
Format: Digibeta
Country: USA
The brilliant Liv Ullmann plays a psychiatrist whose sanity begins to erode during a stay with her grandparents while her daughter and husband are away on trips. Originally a made-for-TV miniseries, FACE TO FACE dives soul-deep into the landscape of Ullmann's face as she confronts and succumbs to madness. "When the camera is as close as Ingmar's sometimes gets," testifies Ullmann, "it doesn't only show a face but also what kind of life this face has seen." With Erland Josephson, Gunnar Bjornstrand, and the always-superb cinematography of Sven Nykvist.
Sunday, December 15
Thursday, December 19

 
HOUR OF THE WOLF (1968) 89 min
Format: 35mm
Country: USA
Originating from a script entitled The Cannibals, HOUR OF THE WOLF is the first of three films featuring Max von Sydow as Bergman's alter ego, the artist in retreat to an island (Faro, the director's own home) where all his demons and imagined monsters can come out to play, threatening to possess their creator and "disappear" him into the darkness behind the brain. A strikingly Gothic tale of horror, HOUR OF THE WOLF owes much to Bram Stoker's Dracula in its evocation of the artist's admirer's and tormentors as vampires, flocks of flesh-eating birds and insects. A puppet show of Mozart's The Magic Flute, staged after dinner in a sinister castle, counters the artist's descent into nighttime madness with a quest that ends in light and joy. With Liv Ullmann, Ingrid Thulin, and Erland Josephson.
Saturday, December 14
Thursday, December 19 


LIV AND INGMAR (Liv og Ingmar) 82 min
Director: Dheeraj Akolkar
Countries: Norway/UK/India
She was 25, a new actress with a handful of films on her resume; he was 46 and widely considered one of the greatest living filmmakers. He invited her to work on a film called PERSONA, and the rest is cinematic history. Over twelve films in which he directed her, and two films she made based on his screenplays, Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman formed one of the most remarkable and fruitful artistic collaborations ever. The intensity of their work on screen was matched by their passion off screen; they fell in love, and for about five years lived as a couple. Yet even after their romantic break-up they continued to be, as Bergman put it, “painfully connected.” Narrated by Ms. Ullmann, Dheeraj Akolkar’s elegant film shows how much their relationship became the subtext—and perhaps in a few cases such as “Scenes From a Marriage,” the actual text—for many of the masterworks they created together.
Theatrical run begins Friday, December 13

 
THE PASSION OF ANNA (1969) 100 min
Format: 35mm
Country: USA
Filmed on Faro, Bergman's bleak island home, THE PASSION OF ANNA is really the case history of a contemporary Everyman, one Andreas Winkelmann (Max von Sydow), a lost soul ricocheting emotionally among a trio of equally damaged folk. Trapped in one of Bergman's hellish marriages, Bibi Andersson and Erland Josephson are worlds apart-- she, fading from lack of love; he, armored in cold cynicism. Anna (Liv Ullmann), the woman who becomes Andreas' lover, assaults him with her righteous honesty until he explodes in brutal rage. All are helpless to halt the horrific murder of animals on the island, as well as the lynching that results. THE PASSION OF ANNA is a devastating modern day take on THE SEVENTH SEAL.
Saturday, December 14
Tuesday, December 17

 
PERSONA (1966) 83 min
Format: 35 mm
Country: USA
The temptation is to take Bergman's masterpiece for granted. It is probably the most famous of all those modern, post-Pirandellian films concerned with themselves as works of art. It also contains one of the most truly erotic sequences on film, demonstrating what can be done on screen with told material. An actress named Elizabeth (Liv Ullmann) elects to become silent and is put into the care of Alma (Bibi Andersson), a nurse companion. The actress's act, we soon learn, has two aspects: it is a wish for ethical purity, but it is also a species of sadism, a virtually impregnable position of strength from which to manipulate her nurse, who is charged with the burden of talking. By the end of the film, the two characters are engaged in a desperate Strindberg-like duel of identities, and Bergman has turned that struggle into a metaphor for the fate of language, art, and consciousness itself.
Tuesday, Dec 17


 SARABANDE

 
SARABAND (2004) 107 min
Format: HD Cam
Country: Sweden
In this sequel to 1973's Scenes From A Marriage, using the same incomparable acting duo of Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson, Ingmar Bergman has given us a glorious late masterpiece. Marianne decides to look in on her ex-husband Johan, to see how the old goat is doing after all these years. While the two revisit their wounds and rediscover an irritable, mocking fondness for each other, they are suckered into a more volatile power struggle between Johan's widowed middle-aged son Henrik and his beautiful, talented daughter Karin. Both father and daughter are cellists; and the dance and musical form to which the title alludes conveys their elegant, risky movements of converging and parting. Bergman's ability to push scenes beyond civility to explosive feelings of love and hate remains unsurpassed. The acting of the four principals is peerless. This is no old man's sentimental valentine, but a work of shocking vitality and robustness, sublimely poised, directed by one of the grandmasters of cinema.
Saturday, December 14
Wednesday, December 18

 
Scenes From a Marriage (1974) 168 min
Format: Digibeta
Country: Sweden
Bergman's first shot-for-TV effort, Scenes originally ran 300 minutes in six parts-- each with a chapter title ranging from "Innocence and panic ..." to "In the middle of the night, in a dark house..." A truly harrowing chronicle -- much of it in lacerating close-up-- of the death of what initially looks like a perfect marriage. Erland Josephson and Liv Ullmann are nothing short of miraculous as they fight out over a period of years all of the skirmishes and assaults, retreats and truces, betrayals and surrenders that constitute their coming apart and reconstitution -- as couple and individuals. A Swedish-TV Civil War, Scenes makes us see how poisonous and sustaining the umbilicals of Bergman's marital unions can be.
Sunday, December 15 


SHAME (1968) 102 min
Format: 35mm
Country: USA
Two married musicians (Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann) have withdrawn to a remote island, where they survive by growing and selling fruit, indifferent to everything outside their small world. Civil war and institutionalized violence overwhelm them (“Sometimes it’s like a dream. Not mine. I’m forced into someone else’s dream.”), stripping them of every pretense of autonomy, privacy, or decency, until only shame remains. Bergman speaks of the Vietnam newsreel that gave birth to this shattering masterpiece: “An old man and woman were walking with a cow … And all of a sudden, a helicopter … started up and began making a racket … And the cow tore itself loose, and the old woman dashed away after the cow, and the helicopter rose and rose, and this old man just stood there, completely non-plussed and utterly confused and desperate. And, somehow, more than all the atrocities I’ve seen, I experienced that third party’s misery, when everything breaks loose over his head.”
Saturday, December 14
Wednesday, December 18


THE SCHEDULE

13-19 DECEMBER 2013
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FRI
13 - … LIV AND INGMAR

FRI
13 
     7:00 AUTUMN SONATA
     9:15 CRIES AND WHISPERS
SAT
14      
     2:00 SARABAND
     4:30 PASSION OF ANNA
     6:45 HOUR OF THE WOLF
     8:45 SHAME
SUN
15  
     2:00 SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE
     8:00 FACE TO FACE
MON
16 
     6:45 CRIES AND WHISPERS
     8:45 AUTUMN SONATA
TUE
17  
     7:00 PERSONA
     9:00 PASSION OF ANNA
WED
18 
     6:45 SHAME
     9:00 SARABAND
THU
19 
     6:30 FACE TO FACE
     9:15 HOUR OF THE WOLF


LINKS

LIV ULLMANN ON WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv_Ullmann

LIV ULLMANN ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0880521/

MISS JULIE ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2667960

A STORY ABOUT LIV’S PRODUCTION OF MISS JULIE
http://www.screendaily.com/features/set-report-miss-julie/5055884.article



INGMAR BERGMAN ON WIKIPEDIA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ingmar_Bergman

INGMAR BERGMAN ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000005/



AUTUMN SONATA (1978) 97 min ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077711

CRIES AND WHISPERS (1972) 95 min ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069467

FACE TO FACE (1975) 136 min ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074147

HOUR OF THE WOLF 1968) 89 min ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063759

LIV & INGMAR (Liv og Ingmar) 82 min ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2327430

THE PASSION OF ANNA (1969) 100 min ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064793

PERSONA (1966) 83 min ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060827

SARABAND (2004) 107 min ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0299478

SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE (1974) 168 min ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070644

SHAME (1968) 102 min ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063611


THE INGMAR BERGMAN FOUNDATION

The Ingmar Bergman Foundation administers the Ingmar Bergman Archives. This unique collection of over 60 years of creative output was added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in 2007. The Archives are not open to the public, but here we offer you a sneak peak. And oh, there's a blog.

http://ingmarbergman.se/en/content/start

 
THE BERGMAN CENTER ON FARO

This wonderful cultural institution established with the support and energy of Linn Ullmann, the daughter of Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman, provides access for film studies to the compound where Ingmar lived and filmed. There is an annual gathering of film studies, and the Center has many other important activities events and services.

http://bergmancenter.se/en/


LIV & INGMAR
ON AMAZON


INGMAR BERGMAN


LIV ULLMANN






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VIDEO
 
LIV ULLMANN TALKS WITH QPORIT
ABOUT ACTING, WORKING WITH INGMAR..
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excerpt...
LIV ULLMAN TALKS ABOUT ACTING IN SHAKESPEARE
in 3D 

Note: This video defaults to 3D Red/Cyan glasses.








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