Monday, July 30, 2007

Bye Bye Bergman

Salon has a nice Bergman profile, in which Andrew O'Hehir argues that: "Ingmar Bergman changed the face of filmmaking -- and may have been the 20th century's greatest artist." I don't know if I'd say that, but I do think he was the century's greatest filmmaker. Anyway, it's a mute point; part of O'Hehir's article is a sad elegy for the sort of viewers who once obsessed over film and filmmakers.

"The conception that there could be a "most important" artist, or even a most important art, seems alien to the fragmented, niche-marketed, endlessly commodified spirit of the 21st century. Pop culture has become a self-propelling engine that endlessly consumes and recycles its own waste products, increasingly unconscious of anything that predates its own predominance."

He talks about watching Persona eight times in a row with a college buddy... it's a lovely piece really. Better not to spoil it. Enjoy!

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