This cinema class explores the pre-Modernist classical period (1944-1960) in the career of iconic Swedish auteur filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. The course focuses on Bergman’s first decade and a half as a writer-director working within the Swedish studio system. During this period of ambitious maturation and experimentation, he developed from genre pictures made for the Swedish domestic market toward his international breakthrough triumphs of the mid-to-late 1950s. Lectures and discussions will focus on post-WWII Swedish society and politics, film style and aesthetics, genres, the star system, cinematography, music, et al. Taught in English.
*Course taught in conjunction with a graduate seminar (Scandinavian C266A).