Recently, Lesley and I saw John Waters at the Florida Theater. It was a lot of fun and a good way to start the holiday season. During the question and answer section, someone asked the director what filmmakers inspired him. He immediately responded with Ingmar Bergman. I was surprised when he said that. Mostly because Waters in the self-described King of Sleaze while Bergman has become the poster boy of art-cinema. However, if you look at Bergman’s full oeuvre you can see lots of exploitative elements such as rape, murder, ghosts, genital mutiliation. He even utilizes settings such a circuses and theatres.
Bergman is one of my favorites. Persona may actually be my favorite movie of all time. While I feel I have seen most of his work. I realize that there are some I have not caught. For January I want to try to see four of these.
The Magician (1959)
Summer with Monika (1953)
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Scenes from a Marriage (1973)
All of these are on Hulu+ so I have no excuses not to dial them up when ever I want. Faithless was actually directed by Liv Ullman, but was written by Bergman. I am including it, because Waters mentioned it specifically during his talk.
I hope this project will get my brain going for the new year. Yesterday, I watched Tangled for god’s sake.