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The Five Best Films By This Iconic Swedish Director

January 2018Words by Mr Ed Cripps

Fanny And Alexander (1982). Photograph by Allstar

The BFI’s season on Mr Ingmar Bergman, at the Southbank in London until March, provides the perfect chance to revisit stone-cold classics and lesser-known pearls in the Swedish director’s canon. He is the ideal January filmmaker: painterly black-and-whites, rich existential meanderings on memory and identity, the musical lilts of the Swedish language. Over the years, his films have come in and out of fashion, but his sophisticated female characters and depiction of artless tyranny resonate more than ever. Hunker down with these five, which we consider to be his finest.

Messrs Björn Bjelfvenstam, Folke Sundquist, Ms Bibi Andersson and Mr Victor Sjöström in Wild Strawberries. Photograph courtesy of BFI