Ingmar Bergman (Paperback)

Magician and Prophet

By Marc Gervais

McGill-Queen's University Press, 9780773520042, 304pp.

Publication Date: October 21, 1999

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Hardcover (11/15/1999)

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Gervais shows also how Bergman's work resonates in a much broader sphere than the personal. His films, which are without equal in the history of cinema in quality, consistency, and relevance, are crucial moments in an ongoing conversation with western culture in its frenetic evolution since World War II. Gervais situates Bergman within the tensions of modernism and the western tradition that have manifested themselves in the twentieth century from existentialism, through deconstruction, and into postmodernism. Bergman's films are experienced as incarnations, meditations, explorations, and aesthetic objects that reflect, comment on, conflict with, or embrace the movements that produced them.

Praise For Ingmar Bergman: Magician and Prophet

"[Gervais] offers many fresh insights into Bergman's work ... a real treat ... an outstanding piece of work!" Jerry H. Gill, professor emeritus of Philosophy and Religious Studies, The College of St Rose. "One acquires a clear and exhaustive grasp of Bergman's life-long film output - and is left stunned by this creative realisation, awesome in its quantity, variety, and relevance ... [Gervais] offers the reader moments of delight similar to actual watching of Bergman films." Janine Langan, William J. Bennett Professor of Christianity and Culture, St Michael's College at the University of Toronto.