The Persona of Ingmar Bergman: Conquering Demons through Film

The Persona of Ingmar Bergman: Conquering Demons through Film

by Barbara Young

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Overview

Born to a mother who did not want him and a father who humiliated him during his upbringing, Ingmar Bergman somehow endured his dysfunctional family to become one of the great artists of the twentieth century. However, the scars left from his early agony affected him both physically and emotionally. He suffered with a disabling psychosomatic gastrointestinal illness and serious problems in his interpersonal relationships.

In The Persona of Ingmar Bergman: Conquering Demons through Film, Barbara Young looks at how the director’s personal life shaped his creative output. A practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Young probes Bergman’s relationships with his parents, his wives, his children, and his colleagues to explore the meanings of his many films. As Bergman gradually began to work through his psychological problems, he accomplished something that few people have ever done—he analyzed himself. The films examined in this study include the majority of his features, including The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, The Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly, The Hour of the Wolf, The Passion of Anna, Cries and Whispers, Face to Face, Autumn Sonata, Fanny and Alexander, and Persona. Young also draws upon recorded interviews and Bergman's autobiographical novels to provide further insight into the director's creative process.

While many books have been written about Bergman and analysts have studied particular films, this volume represents a unique approach to understanding an artist through his art. The Persona of Ingmar Bergman will appeal to film and art students, as well as those in the psychotherapy profession, and of course, the director’s fans throughout the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442245655
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/16/2015
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Barbara Young is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who has been practicing in the Baltimore, Maryland area for more than 50 years. She has published twenty-five papers on the relationship of therapy and creativity. Young is also an accomplished photographer.

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