Fincher, the reluctant Bergman fan


Kenneth Turan of AP calls it “the kind of portrait of a marriage that might have resulted if Alfred Hitchcock had watched a lot of Ingmar Bergman before getting down to work.”

It’s a fun description, and although we don’t know if it’s apt (we’ll have to see the movie first, obviously), we do know that it wouldn’t be the first Fincher nod to Bergman.

Which reminds me. A few years ago, when Fincher was shooting in Stockholm, I tried to lure him to visit the Ingmar Bergman Archives with the invitation below. Needless to say, I didn’t succeed.

Dear Mr Fincher –
Seven: an apology for public libraries.
Panic Room: a film on archival safety.
Zodiac: based on actual files.

In short, your recurrent interest in archive matters, not to mention the references to Persona in Fight Club [I was here, rather cleverly, referring to the theme of the double as well as subliminal erect penises], makes me think you might be interested in visiting the Ingmar Bergman Archives. You would be more than welcome, should you have any spare time during your Stockholm stay.

Your fan,
Jan Holmberg, CEO
Ingmar Bergman Foundation



via IngmarBergman.se

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.

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