After prolonged minutes where Ingmar Bergman tries to control the lighting for his interview, and interviewer Gunnar Bergdahl rambles about his own film education, this short comes alive, in spite of some self-conscious camera-work. Shot mostly in medium close-up, Bergman is eloquent and funny, talking about Faro, how he goes to his own cinema 5 days a week, modern Swedish films, Strindberg and Ibsen, dreams, insomnia, the screenplay for the TVM that was Saraband, old age and death, and writing.
The pull-back shots to show the camera, lights and boom are unnecessary, and a sudden extreme close-up of Bergman is disconcerting, but Bergman is charming when the interview is over and he overcomes a basic shyness to say sweet goodbyes to Bergdahl and his crew.
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