ByAbi Toll, writer at
Abi Toll

Ingmar Bergman is considered to be one of the most influential film auteurs of all time, which is partly owed to his visionary dream-like aesthetic.

Ever the 'lucid dreamer', 's films were born out of his subconscious, where the manifestation of surreal images were channeled as creative inspiration for his work. FilmMaker IQ included this beautiful quote which perfectly encapsulates the notion of:

Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.

Ingmar Bergman

Born in 1918, Bergman actively engaged in Freudian theories of psychoanalysis; as was in accordance with the zeitgeist. His dynamic dream state specifically invoked the motifs of 'demonic visitations' and 'sexual anxieties', as described in the short poetic Video Essay below (via Filmmaker IQ):


Bergman considered the medium of cinema to be able to offer the most accurate evocation of the dream state, which was attributed to the filmic potential of: editing, montage, superimposition and most importantly its undulating temporal nature.

The following is a quote taken from the 'Bergman's Dreams' essay which recites the concluding lines in his 1982 film Fanny and Alexander:

Everything can happen. Everything is possible and probable. Time and space do not exist. On a flimsy framework of reality, the imagination spins, weaving new patterns.

Which Bergman film do you believe to be the most evocative of the dream like state?

All quotes and information were sourced via Filmmaker IQ



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