Alfred Hitchcock, Bergman, Repost, Stanley Kubrick

Bad First Films

Kubrick, Hitchcock, and Bergman What do Alfred Hitchcock, Ingmar Bergman, and Stanley Kubrick all have in common? They're all considered some of the greatest filmmakers to have ever lived. In addition, though, they have another curious connection in that all three have first films that are terrible. The Pleasure Garden, Crisis, and Fear and Desire… Continue reading Bad First Films

1/4, 1940s, Bergman, Drama, Review


(I started writing reviews of the Criterion Collection Bergman films with Wild Strawberries, having missed the first three films. This is the second part of the rectification.) Ingmar Bergman's first movie has a handful of charms, but it's ultimately an unfocused bit of over-assured storytelling that never comes together. It's the work of a young artist… Continue reading Crisis

Bergman, Top Ten

Ingmar Bergman’s Best Movies Ranked: The Definitive Ranking

Again, not a Top Ten. It's a Top Seventeen. So, I'm good. As I came to the end of the Criterion Collection's box set, I realized that I had written a lot of 4-star reviews. I went back and counted, and there are seventeen of them. Seventeen of thirty-nine films received 4-star reviews. That's incredible.… Continue reading Ingmar Bergman’s Best Movies Ranked: The Definitive Ranking