Fårö Document 1979

SF Film

Ingmar Bergman went for the first time to Fårö while searching for a location for his film Through a Glass Darkly (1961). The outcome for this visit was that Bergman made several of his most important films of the 1960’s on Fårö, among them Persona and The Shame. He then bought a piece of land on the island, on which he later built a house and now he lives there permanently. In 1969 he made, with Sven Nykvist as cinematographer, The Fårö Document, a film that ended with a rather pessimist view of the island’s future. One of the scenes in the film is of a school-bus and its young passengers. To these and to the realities ten years later Bergman returns in the long documentary Fårö Document 1979.

The perspective in this film is wider, but the intention is the same: to describe a small section of a large community, a living environment where its people work and love, where apprehension mingles with doubt, bitterness with joy. As the making of the film stretched over several years, the story takes on a depth and proximity lacking in most documentaries. The film tells with humour and sym¬pathy, the story of a people’s destiny, as deeply moving as Bergman’s fictitious characters.A long acquaintance and involvement with the island has given Bergman the chance to create a film to go down in history. The scenario to the narrative is the unique beauty of the Fårö landscape, the people’s dependence on nature, and their tenacious struggle to survive.
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Fårö Document 1979

Title Fårö Document 1979

Original title Fårödokument (1979)

Director Ingmar Bergman

Country Sweden

Production year 1969

Film status Completed

Original language Swedish

Cast Ingmar Bergman, Irene Broman, Per Broman, Valter Broman

Script Ingmar Bergman

Producer Ingmar Bergman

Production company Cinematograph AB

Release 1970 Jan, 01

Format HD

Duration 103 min.

<p class="intro">Ingmar Bergman went for the first time to Fårö while searching for a location for his film Through a Glass Darkly (1961). The outcome for this visit was that Bergman made several of his most important films of the 1960’s on Fårö, among them Persona and The Shame. He then bought a piece of land on the island, on which he later built a house and now he lives there permanently. In 1969 he made, with Sven Nykvist as cinematographer, The Fårö Document, a film that ended with a rather pessimist view of the island’s future. One of the scenes in the film is of a school-bus and its young passengers. To these and to the realities ten years later Bergman returns in the long documentary Fårö Document 1979.

The perspective in this film is wider, but the intention is the same: to describe a small section of a large community, a living environment where its people work and love, where apprehension mingles with doubt, bitterness with joy. As the making of the film stretched over several years, the story takes on a depth and proximity lacking in most documentaries. The film tells with humour and sym¬pathy, the story of a people’s destiny, as deeply moving as Bergman’s fictitious characters.A long acquaintance and involvement with the island has given Bergman the chance to create a film to go down in history. The scenario to the narrative is the unique beauty of the Fårö landscape, the people’s dependence on nature, and their tenacious struggle to survive.

Ingmar Bergman went for the first time to Fårö while searching for a location for his film Through a Glass Darkly (1961). The outcome for this visit was that Bergman made several of his most important films of the 1960’s on Fårö, among them Persona and The Shame. He then bought a piece of land on the island, on which he later built a house and now he lives there permanently. In 1969 he made, with Sven Nykvist as cinematographer, The Fårö Document, a film that ended with a rather pessimist view of the island’s future. One of the scenes in the film is of a school-bus and its young passengers. To these and to the realities ten years later Bergman returns in the long documentary Fårö Document 1979.

The perspective in this film is wider, but the intention is the same: to describe a small section of a large community, a living environment where its people work and love, where apprehension mingles with doubt, bitterness with joy. As the making of the film stretched over several years, the story takes on a depth and proximity lacking in most documentaries. The film tells with humour and sym¬pathy, the story of a people’s destiny, as deeply moving as Bergman’s fictitious characters.A long acquaintance and involvement with the island has given Bergman the chance to create a film to go down in history. The scenario to the narrative is the unique beauty of the Fårö landscape, the people’s dependence on nature, and their tenacious struggle to survive.

Title Fårö Document 1979

Original title Fårödokument (1979)

Director Ingmar Bergman

Country Sweden

Production year 1969

Film status Completed

Original language Swedish

Cast Ingmar Bergman, Irene Broman, Per Broman, Valter Broman

Script Ingmar Bergman

Producer Ingmar Bergman

Production company Cinematograph AB

Release 1970 Jan, 01

Format HD

Duration 103 min.

Genre: Documentary






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