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This is my new article about some of the central themes that Swedish film
director Ingmar Bergman (1918 - 2007) returns to in his films.

Keywords: wild strawberries, the personal paradise, unconscious
suffering, Eurydice, scapegoatism, vicarious suffering, Christianity.

Bergman themes

Mats Winther


Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:44 pm
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In "Hour of the Wolf" (Swedish: "Vargtimmen") Johan/Max von Sydow, the protagonist, goes through a descent into the night and a child appears to him, classically opening the path to awakening and transfiguration: One must intuitively follow the child ("Deathless Child, Christ Child) to the liberation.
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Max instead kills the Child. Although it has been a long time since I've seen these, that seemed representative of the post-war period: The path was blocked.
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In Kurt Cobain's phrase not long before his suicide there was "something in the way."
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This descent of the feminine/Anima - a return to the womb - might seem to have begun in 1912 well represented by the Duchamp picture "Nude Descending a Staircase Number 2" a harbinger, a prophecy of the impending doom - Anima in Duchamp's picture returns to the earth and leaves us to our own devises world destruction followed in two world wars.
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In that regard Bergman well represents life in the "Silence of God" should perhaps been called the Silence of Anima.
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But as we may be seeing a "return" in our times at least to those like Fox who can still remember where they are from. The rest of us must find a new path.

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But the earthy and unpretentious Jof and Mia who walk through the death with the Knight in The Seventh Seal still see the Mother and follow and as I recall, only they survive.


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Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:22 am
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It's The Hour of the Wolf, I believe, where Max von Sydow kills the child. He is a demon, like the rest of the people on the island. They are vampires, "man-eaters". So I am not convinced that the child means anything positive. But I will watch this film again. It is suggestive and dark.
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As I recall (40 years since) the child is fishing: Reaching into the Unconscious.


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No, it is Johan Borg (Max von Sydow) who is fishing. The child bothers him. But I am not certain of the interpretation.
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