Scandinavian C166A/266A: Ingmar Bergman: The Early Years

Instructor: Arne Lunde

This cinema class focuses on the early period (1944-1960) of the career of iconic Swedish auteur filmmaker Ingmar Bergman during his first decade and a half as a writer-director working within the Swedish studio system. During these years of ambitious experimentation and artistic growth, he developed from making genre pictures for the Swedish domestic market toward his international breakthrough triumphs of the mid-to-late 1950s. Lectures, discussions, short writings, and team presentations will further explore transnational influences on early Bergman (Hollywood, Germany, France, Italy, and England). Readings will also engage with postwar Swedish society and politics, film style and aesthetics, genres and the star system, cinematography, music, editing, et al. Course taught in English.