Production Language Swedish
Country of Origin Sweden
Description Ingmar Bergman's long career in theater has tended to be overshadowed by his fame as a film director. For nearly half a century, however, he has been one of the most prolific and innovative stage directors working in Europe today. With this production of The Image Makers, Bergman proves why he has been hailed as "a poet of film and stagecraft" by The New York Times. Written by Per Olov Enquist, one of Sweden's foremost contemporary dramatists, The Image Makers threads together several "Bergman-esque" motifs and features Bergman's mentor in filmmaking, the legendary Victor Sjöström.
The play revolves around the imagined arrival of Nobel-prize winning novelist Selma Lagerlof to Sjöström's studio to screen the film adaptation of her novel, The Phantom Carriage. (A silent film adapted from Lagerlof's book, The Phantom Carriage is considered to be Sjöström's greatest achievement and was declared a "tour de force" by the international film community when it premiered in 1921.) During the course of her two-day visit, the elderly Lagerlof meets Tora, a young and feisty actress. Lagerlof's troubled childhood with an alcoholic father is revealed under the pressure of her charged relationship with Tora, as Sjöström's film uncovers the subliminal story in The Phantom Carriage. Both witty and devastatingly confrontational, the production comes alive in the hands of the masterful director.