Sven Nykvist, 1922-2006

by cnw
September 21, 2006 3:43 AM
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I can't think of a better way to remember the legendary cinematographer Sven Nykvist, who passed away earlier today, than with a few of his most indelible images.

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Cries and Whispers

Crimes and Misdemeanors

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Fanny and Alexander

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  • scottlord | September 23, 2006 3:59 AMReply

    thank you for the article on Sven Nykvist

  • Joseph Culp | September 22, 2006 8:52 AMReply

    I had the great privilege of working with Sven Nykvist on Alan J. Pakula's film "Dream Lover" . I remember him as a meticulous artist and gentleman; kind, patient, soft-spoken and a warm sense of humor. I was a young, impressionable actor, who only later appreciated what a gifted legend he was, when I later became a lifelong ardent Bergman fan. I remember vividly the time and care he took lighting the scenes I was in, (which are beautiful and rich in the film) his exquisite use of darkness and how he captured an "ether-like" energy on film. With video and HD now, I doubt if we will see his kind of artistry again. A true painter, a "Master of Light", I feel sorrow at his passing and honored to have had that rare opportunity to be photgraphed by him. What a brilliant legacy and so many treasured works of art he has left us. Condolences and best wishes to his family,
    Joseph Culp
    Actor "Dream Lover" (1986)

  • Marc | September 21, 2006 7:39 AMReply

    "Light Keeps Me Company", Carl-Gustaf's homage to his father, is available from my company on DVD. It's the definitive look at Nykvist, and a must-see for fans of his work.

  • Bill Pace | September 21, 2006 6:08 AMReply


    Thanks for the images and reminding us of Sven's work beyond that with Bergman.

  • robbiefreeling | September 21, 2006 5:19 AMReply

    We'll all remember the blood reds and chilly whites of "Cries and Whispers" and the Christmas joy of "Fanny and Alexander"...but so many of his non-Bergman work must also be invoked at this point: the long, dark hallway illuminating layer by layer as Gena Rowlands and Ian Holm return home in Woody Allen's "Another Woman"; those still, slow gazes across the apartment complex at still-life neighbors in Polanski's "The Tenant"; the cottage gradually burning to the ground as its inhabitants watch desperately in Tarkovsky's "The Sacrifice"....all unforgettable.

  • clarencecarter | September 21, 2006 5:12 AMReply

    thanks for the memories, Sven...

  • StayPuft | September 21, 2006 3:48 AMReply

    Another great one, gone...