The Persona of Ingmar Bergman: Conquering Demons through Film

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Rowman & Littlefield, 15 oct. 2015 - 250 páginas
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Born to a mother who did not want him and a father who humiliated him during his upbringing, Ingmar Bergman somehow endured his dysfunctional family to become one of the great artists of the twentieth century. However, the scars left from his early agony affected him both physically and emotionally. He suffered with a disabling psychosomatic gastrointestinal illness and serious problems in his interpersonal relationships.

In The Persona of Ingmar Bergman: Conquering Demons through Film, Barbara Young looks at how the director’s personal life shaped his creative output. A practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Young probes Bergman’s relationships with his parents, his wives, his children, and his colleagues to explore the meanings of his many films. As Bergman gradually began to work through his psychological problems, he accomplished something that few people have ever done—he analyzed himself. The films examined in this study include the majority of his features, including The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, The Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly, The Hour of the Wolf, The Passion of Anna, Cries and Whispers, Face to Face, Autumn Sonata, Fanny and Alexander, and Persona. Young also draws upon recorded interviews and Bergman's autobiographical novels to provide further insight into the director's creative process.

While many books have been written about Bergman and analysts have studied particular films, this volume represents a unique attempt approach to understanding an artist through his art. The Persona of Ingmar Bergman will appeal to film and art students, as well as those in the psychotherapy profession, and of course, the director’s fans throughout the world.
 

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Merging biography, cinema studies, and psychoanalysis, psychiatrist Young traces the life and career of storied Swedish director Ingmar Bergman and examines how his rocky personal life shaped his ... Leer reseña completa

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1 A Time of Crisis
1
2 The Beginning
9
3 Coping
21
4 Adolescence
29
5 Escape from Prison
35
6 First Films First Wives
43
7 Striving for Joy
55
8 Brink of Death Brink of Life
69
12 Dangers Within and Without
135
13 Coping Revisited
149
14 Recovery
161
15 A More Peaceful Life
173
Notes
193
Filmography
205
Bibliography
209
Index
213

9 Evolving Religiously and Emotionally
81
10 Exploring the Strange Country
99
11 The Integrating and LifeSaving Power of the Creative Spirit
117
About the Author
219
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Barbara Young is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who has been practicing in the Baltimore, Maryland area for more than 50 years. She has published twenty-five papers on the relationship of therapy and creativity. Young is also an accomplished photographer.

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