The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 13 – Early Bergman [Part 1]

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This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this episode, David and Trevor talk about Eclipse Series 1: Early Bergman, a collection of five films that helped Ingmar Bergman establish one of the richest bodies of work in 20th century cinema.

About the films:

Before The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries established him as one of the great masters of cinema, Ingmar Bergman created a series of devastating but less well-known psychological character studies, marked by intricate, layered narratives, gritty environments, and haunting visuals. These early films, which show the stirrings of the genius to come, remain the hidden treasures of a European cinema on the cusp of a golden age.

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Timeline for the podcast:

Introduction/Background (00:00:01 – 00:23:47)

Torment (00:23:48 – 00:49:27)

Crisis (00:49:28 – 01:10:42)

Port of Call (01:10:43 – 01:29:05)

Conclusion (01:29:06 – 01:30:00)

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Next time on the podcast:  David and Trevor will conclude their conversation about Early Bergman by discussing the last two films in the box, Thirst and To Joy. 

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