October 2018, arsenal cinema

100 Year of Ingmar Bergman

SANT HÄNDER INTE HÄR, 1950

On July 14, Ingmar Bergman would have turned 100. His cinematic oeuvre has left a lasting impression on international film. Det sjunde inseglet (Sweden 1957) or Tystnaden (Sweden 1963) are counted to this day among the outstanding works of film history. The 40s can be regarded as Bergman’s experimental phase. In 1950, Svensk Filmindustri gave him the opportunity to direct a spy thriller surrounding two Baltic refugees stranded in Stockholm in the style of a film noir: SANT HÄNDER INTE HÄR (High Tension). The script was written by Herbert Grevenius and Bergman struggled with the material from the very beginning. He feared a fiasco and later prevented the film from being screened. It is now free to be shown again, meaning we can see how the film comes across today. The head of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, Jan Holmberg, will give an introduction. (nw) An event by the Deutsche Kinemathek. (1.10.)