Monday, September 22, 2008

Film Babble Blog Compares Allen to Bergman

This is old by internet standards, but Daniel Johnson has done a yeoman's job with this Bergman-Allen primer. It's intended to be superficial, but it's still the place to start if you're yet to connect the dots.

Allen wrote Bergman's obituary for the New York Times.

"I've said it before to people who have a romanticized view of the artist and hold creation sacred: In the end, your art doesn't save you. No matter what sublime works you fabricate (and Bergman gave us a menu of amazing movie masterpieces) they don't shield you from the fateful knocking at the door that interrupted the knight and his friends at the end of "The Seventh Seal." And so on a summer's day, Bergman, the great cinematic poet of mortality, couldn't prolong his own inevitable checkmate, and the finest filmmaker of my lifetime was gone."

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