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Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul."

No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul.




Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "Here, in my solitude, I have the feeling that I contain too much humanity."

Here, in my solitude, I have the feeling that I contain too much humanity.




Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "Old age is like climbing a mountain. You climb from ledge to ledge. The higher you get, the more tired and breathless you become, but your views become more extensive."

Old age is like climbing a mountain. You climb from ledge to ledge. The higher you get, the more tired and breathless you become, but your views become more extensive.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "Only someone who is well prepared has the opportunity to improvise."

Only someone who is well prepared has the opportunity to improvise.




Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "We make each other alive; it doesn’t make a difference if it hurts."

We make each other alive; it doesn’t make a difference if it hurts.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls."

Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "My basic view of things is - not to have any basic view of things. From having been exceedingly dogmatic, my views on life have gradually dissolved. They don't exist any longer."

My basic view of things is - not to have any basic view of things. From having been exceedingly dogmatic, my views on life have gradually dissolved. They don't exist any longer.




Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "There is no art form that has so much in common with film as music. Both affect our emotions directly, not via the intellect."

There is no art form that has so much in common with film as music. Both affect our emotions directly, not via the intellect.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "There's always a tension in me between my urge to destroy and my will to live... Every morning I wake up with a new wrath, a new suspiciousness, a new desire to live."

There's always a tension in me between my urge to destroy and my will to live... Every morning I wake up with a new wrath, a new suspiciousness, a new desire to live.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "To shoot a film is to organize an entire universe."

To shoot a film is to organize an entire universe.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "I don't watch my own films very often. I become so jittery and ready to cry... and miserable. I think it's awful."

I don't watch my own films very often. I become so jittery and ready to cry... and miserable. I think it's awful.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "We walk in circles, so limited by our own anxieties that we can no longer distinguish between true and false, between the gangster's whim and the purest ideal."

We walk in circles, so limited by our own anxieties that we can no longer distinguish between true and false, between the gangster's whim and the purest ideal.




Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "I could always live in my art but never in my life"

I could always live in my art but never in my life



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "First, I write down all I know about the story, at length and in detail. Then I sink the iceberg and let some of it float up just a little."

First, I write down all I know about the story, at length and in detail. Then I sink the iceberg and let some of it float up just a little.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "I know, of course, that by using film we can bring in other previously unknown worlds, realities beyond reality."

I know, of course, that by using film we can bring in other previously unknown worlds, realities beyond reality.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "I feel very strongly that I’m surrounded by other realities."

I feel very strongly that I’m surrounded by other realities.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "Self-portraiture is something one should never get involved in, since it is wrong to lie even though one endeavours to tell the truth."

Self-portraiture is something one should never get involved in, since it is wrong to lie even though one endeavours to tell the truth.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "I write scripts to serve as skeletons awaiting the flesh and sinew of images."

I write scripts to serve as skeletons awaiting the flesh and sinew of images.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "I hope I never get so old I get religious."

I hope I never get so old I get religious.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "To humiliate and be humiliated, I think, is a crucial element in our whole social structure. It's not only the artist I'm sorry for. It's just that I know exactly where he feels most humiliated."

To humiliate and be humiliated, I think, is a crucial element in our whole social structure. It's not only the artist I'm sorry for. It's just that I know exactly where he feels most humiliated.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "One of ennui's most terribel components is the overwhelming feeling of ennui that comes over you whenever you try to explain it."

One of ennui's most terribel components is the overwhelming feeling of ennui that comes over you whenever you try to explain it.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "When I was young, I was extremely scared of dying. But now I think it a very, very wise arrangement. It's like a light that is extinguished. Not very much to make a fuss about"

When I was young, I was extremely scared of dying. But now I think it a very, very wise arrangement. It's like a light that is extinguished. Not very much to make a fuss about



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "Death: Do you never stop questioning? Antonius Block: No. I never stop."

Death: Do you never stop questioning? Antonius Block: No. I never stop.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "All of us collect fortunes when we are children. A fortune of colors, of lights, and darkness, of movement, of tensions. Some of us have the fantastic chance to go back to his fortune when grown up."

All of us collect fortunes when we are children. A fortune of colors, of lights, and darkness, of movement, of tensions. Some of us have the fantastic chance to go back to his fortune when grown up.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "To feel. To trust the feeling. I long for that"

To feel. To trust the feeling. I long for that



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director], the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream."

Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director], the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "Everything is worth precisely as much as a belch, the difference being that a belch is more satisfying."

Everything is worth precisely as much as a belch, the difference being that a belch is more satisfying.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "I think I have made just one picture that I really like."

I think I have made just one picture that I really like.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "The theater is like a faithful wife. The film is the great adventure - the costly, exacting mistress."

The theater is like a faithful wife. The film is the great adventure - the costly, exacting mistress.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "Fellini, Kurosawa, and Bunuel move in the same field as Tarkovsky. Antonioni was on his way, but expired, suffocated by his own tediousness."

Fellini, Kurosawa, and Bunuel move in the same field as Tarkovsky. Antonioni was on his way, but expired, suffocated by his own tediousness.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "The individualists stare into each other's eyes and yet deny the existence of each other."

The individualists stare into each other's eyes and yet deny the existence of each other.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "I'd prostitute my talents if it would further my cause, steal if there was no way out, killing my friends or anyone else if it would help my art."

I'd prostitute my talents if it would further my cause, steal if there was no way out, killing my friends or anyone else if it would help my art.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "Occasionally I sense an insane wail deep down in the pit, the echo alone reaching me, striking without warning, a child weeping uninhibitedly, imprisoned forever."

Occasionally I sense an insane wail deep down in the pit, the echo alone reaching me, striking without warning, a child weeping uninhibitedly, imprisoned forever.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "I was a very unpleasant young man. If I met the young Ingmar today I'd say, 'You're very talented and I'll try to help you, but I don't want anything else to do with you."

I was a very unpleasant young man. If I met the young Ingmar today I'd say, 'You're very talented and I'll try to help you, but I don't want anything else to do with you.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "Most of my conscious efforts have ended in embarrassing failure."

Most of my conscious efforts have ended in embarrassing failure.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "I am so 100 percent Swedish... Someone has said a Swede is like a bottle of ketchup - nothing and nothing and then all at once - splat. I think I'm a little like that."

I am so 100 percent Swedish... Someone has said a Swede is like a bottle of ketchup - nothing and nothing and then all at once - splat. I think I'm a little like that.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "The older I become, the more I think about my mother."

The older I become, the more I think about my mother.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "Today we say all art is political. But I'd say all art has to do with ethics. Which after all really comes to the same thing. It's a matter of attitudes."

Today we say all art is political. But I'd say all art has to do with ethics. Which after all really comes to the same thing. It's a matter of attitudes.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "I have a lot of tics and phobias. I hate to travel. I hate to go to festivals. I hate it when somebody gets close behind me. I'm scared of the darkness. I hate open doors."

I have a lot of tics and phobias. I hate to travel. I hate to go to festivals. I hate it when somebody gets close behind me. I'm scared of the darkness. I hate open doors.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "I think I'm Swedish because I like to live here on this island. You can't imagine the loneliness and isolation in this country. In that way, I'm very Swedish - I don't dislike to be alone."

I think I'm Swedish because I like to live here on this island. You can't imagine the loneliness and isolation in this country. In that way, I'm very Swedish - I don't dislike to be alone.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "Growing older is like climbing a mountain: the higher you get, the more strength you need, but the further you see."

Growing older is like climbing a mountain: the higher you get, the more strength you need, but the further you see.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "Artistic license sneered through the thin fabric."

Artistic license sneered through the thin fabric.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "People ask what are my intentions with my films - my aims. It is a difficult and dangerous question, and I usually give an evasive answer."

People ask what are my intentions with my films - my aims. It is a difficult and dangerous question, and I usually give an evasive answer.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "I want knowledge. Not belief. Not surmise. But knowledge. I want God to put out His hand, show His face, speak to me."

I want knowledge. Not belief. Not surmise. But knowledge. I want God to put out His hand, show His face, speak to me.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "I have always had the ability to attach my demons to my chariot."

I have always had the ability to attach my demons to my chariot.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "Either I did away with that fear through writing, or in the course of writing, I discovered it was no longer so intrusive or threating. The bottom line is, it's gone."

Either I did away with that fear through writing, or in the course of writing, I discovered it was no longer so intrusive or threating. The bottom line is, it's gone.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "I'm planning, you see, to try to confine myself to the truth. That's hard for an old, inveterate fantasy martyr and liar who has never hesitated to give truth the form he felt the occasion demanded."

I'm planning, you see, to try to confine myself to the truth. That's hard for an old, inveterate fantasy martyr and liar who has never hesitated to give truth the form he felt the occasion demanded.



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "One has to manage alone as best one can. (Karin Bergman)"

One has to manage alone as best one can. (Karin Bergman)



Ingmar Bergman Quotes: "This damned ranting about doom. Is that food for the minds of modern people? Do they really expect us to take them seriously?"

This damned ranting about doom. Is that food for the minds of modern people? Do they really expect us to take them seriously?