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Ingmar Bergman

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Bergman was the first to bring metaphysics — religion, death, existentialism — to the screen. ... But the best of Bergman is the way he speaks of women, of the relationship between men and women. He’s like a miner digging in search of purity.
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Bertrand Tavernier as quoted in "Ingmar Bergman, Master Filmmaker, Dies at 89" in The New York Times (31 July 2007)

 
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