The 20 Greatest Ingmar Bergman Films: The Top 5

There’s a tear in my eye as we lose what has been a phenomenal month covering the marvelous works of Ingmar Bergman. Who am I kidding? I’ve been sobbing for three days. Tears of joy, too, I might add. An admiration of the experience watching his films, no matter the mood he leaves us in. […]

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The 20 Greatest Ingmar Bergman Films: 10 – 6

Into the top ten of Ingmar Bergman’s finest feature films – as voted for by you. Thanks to FilmStruck for their terrific and timely Bergman range. Stay tuned for the final five. 10) Sommaren med Monika / Summer with Monika (1953) WATCH ON FILMSTRUCK US WATCH ON ITUNES US WATCH ON AMAZON UK 9) Tystnaden […]

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Skammen: Ingmar Bergman Invades Us With A New Depth of Shame

The sounds of war accompany the opening title of Ingmar Bergman’s 1968 film Skammen (Shame). A tad unfamiliar to many Bergman regulars. Following the recent birth of Persona and the upcoming The Hour of the Wolf, this is evidently ample departure from the intimate melancholy, conflict with God, and the questionable status of one’s faith. We also […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 35: Celebrating 100 Years of Ingmar Bergman

The Ingmar Bergman podcast feels like a truly special occasion. To celebrate his centennial year, and to join the rest of the vast Bergman coverage at Filmotomy, this week’s recording is all about the great Swedish filmmaker. Host Bianca Garner, fresh off her own Bergman binge, is joined by Robin Write, and a recently acquired […]

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François Truffaut and Isabelle Adjani: Two of Cinema’s Finest Recall L’Histoire d’Adèle H.

It may be neither here nor there as to how French filmmaking great, François Truffaut, shadowed some strong affections for the brash, bright actress, Isabelle Adjani, during the making of L’Histoire d’Adèle H. (The Story of Adèle H.). The world and backstory of cinema has numerous tales of involvement / admiration / alleged romance between those […]

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With the Sins and the Redemption Comes The Virgin Spring

For 1960, The Virgin Spring is a real shape-shifter for the audiences back then fidgeting in their seats at such extraordinary, shocking story-telling. In fact, Ingmar Bergman’s incredible film would have gasps and quivers from today’s audience. A film that is at once beautiful and serene, where innocence is punctured, fundamentals of faith are broken, […]

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Performance: Harriet Andersson in Through a Glass Darkly

I recently gushed over Harriet Andersson for her career-defining performance in Summer with Monika. A catapult, too, for her director Ingmar Bergman. I fell in love  (again) with Andersson the actress, her character, the whole persona. The Swedish actress would mesmerize me when I first came to see her work, from a film eight years […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 34: Cinema 2018 Half-Time Whistle

This timely podcast episode hits the halfway mark of the year 2018. So we are due a half-time report, to assess the year in film so far. Bianca Garner is in the hosting chair once again, and joined by Robin Write and Rob Motto. Here they chat about their favorite films of the year so […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 33: Mr. Robert Altman

Podcast 33 is dedicated to the one and only Robert Altman. Part of the 10 Days of Altman series, we brought the publishing date forward especially. Steve hosts the show, with Bianca and Robin adding to the mix to discuss the filmmakers incredible journey. We can’t do him justice in under an hour, but there’s […]

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Gosford Park: A Recipe for Excellence

The appetiser with Gosford Park is carving out an immediate set of finely-tuned, immaculately-drawn characters. Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes ought to still be held in such high praise for a screenplay so devilishly tantalising, word-for-word, that he earns that badge without a mention of Downton Abbey or that he beat Christopher Nolan’s Memento on […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 32: Meryl Streep and Strong Female Roles

After a week off, the podcast returns with a bang. Host and Deputy Editor Bianca Garner is joined by fellow Deputy Steve Schweighofer, regular film nut Rob Motto, and a special invite was accepted by Mark Ziobro from TheMovieBuff.Net. To celebrate Meryl Streep’s birthday, the gang try to encapsulate a quite magnificent acting career. Discussion […]

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Summer with Monika: Ingmar Bergman’s Prelude To A Cinematic Legacy

Summer with Monika

On the cusp of mainstream cinema attention, outside of his native Sweden that is, Sommaren med Monika (Summer with Monika) paved the way, to a great extent, for Ingmar Bergman’s masterworks. Wild Strawberries, The Virgjn Spring, The Seventh Seal, were just three first-rate pictures not far away. Of course, I’m hardly suggesting that Summer with Monika […]

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M*A*S*H: When Robert Altman Went To War And Made Us Laugh

Robert Altman really didn’t want to make M*A*S*H (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) with a lead actor or one particular plot. This was to be an ensemble, something still new to Altman, as he was relatively new to the filmmaking big league. But the ensemble picture was an accomplished format, one he would feel at home […]

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VOTE – The Greatest Films of Ingmar Bergman

On the 14th July iconic Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman would have turned 100 years-old. Sadly no longer with us, we are extremely passionate about making sure the celebrations are, above all, cinematic. Bergman was a filmmaker who more than earned his acclaim, and any excuse to honor his vast work is a welcome treat. So […]

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Pan’s Labyrinth defeats Amelie in the Filmotomy World Cup Final 2018

There is no official such party as the Film Integrated Soccer Association (FISA), but it exists as long as we can combine football / soccer with the world of film. And so that is what we did. Combining the format of the current World Cup with our love for movies. International cinema. And here we […]

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VOTE – the Greatest Performances of Meryl Streep

With Meryl Streep‘s birthday coming up, its the perfect time to honor the ridiculously brilliant career of the actress. Now in her fifth decade of lighting up the silver screen, Streep’s career as an actress has been not only consistently good, but the roles she has undertaken offer such variety and depth. Probably the most […]

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Masterpiece Memo: The Greek Blues With Rembetiko

Costas Ferris’ extraordinary, sinfully under-seen, Rembetiko from 1983, begins and ends with the music. Literally. Your ears are in for a real Greek treat – baglamas, violin, santouri, bouzouki – the music emerges from the opening frame. From behind the hanging bead pass of a Greek bar, a secluded venue, one of many, for the social […]

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1983 Horror Film Angst Will Leave You Creepily Shaken And Stirred

There’s a general feel about 1983. That the commercial film world took its foot off the gas to some degree. I mean, there were some genuinely moving stories. There were films that excelled technically. And what seems to be as per usual, a stream of international cinema slipping through the net. Some, dare I say […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 31: Are Animated Films Just For Kids?

Animation is the topic of discussion for the podcast this week. And just how child-friendly the genre has been over its cinematic evolution. Our fair maiden, and host, Bianca Garner helps paint the picture with Daniel Smith-Rowsey, Rob Motto, and Jonathan Holmes. And they all put forward their notions of the animated film, how it […]

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L’été meurtrier: Red Hot Isabelle Adjani Kills It In One Deadly Summer

There is a sweltering heat, shimmering sweat, at the very opening of L’été meurtrier (One Deadly Summer), when Elle steps into the frame. “That girl” quickly becomes the talk of the southern French town, and claims the leering eyes of most of the men. Much of what makes Isabelle Adjani smoking hot here, is what […]

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Educating Rita: Chemistry With Julie Walters and Michael Caine

Julie Walters and Michael Caine. I mean, we talk about the on-screen chemistry between acting folk, likely when it is either not meant to be, or works like a charm. And charm is something both of these British acting heavyweights give off as naturally as rain in April. From a purely British perspective of course. […]

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