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Göteborg Review: Star-Studded 'Trespassing Bergman' An Irreverent, Warmhearted Doc About Ingmar Bergman's Legacy

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 2, 2014 9:35 AM
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Trespassing Bergman Ridley Scott
As much as we’re diehard devotees to the work of Ingmar Bergman, occasionally the sombre reverence in which he’s held can make the prospect of participating in the critical narrative that surrounds his astonishing filmography feel about as much fun as, well, playing chess with Death. But “Trespassing Bergman,” the documentary from Jane Magnusson and Hynek Pallas that showed at the Göteborg International Film Festival last week, is anything but stuffy: while its initial premise (inviting a select group of filmmakers to visit Bergman’s house on the remote Swedish island of Fårö) might seem couched in that quasi-mystical reverence that shrouds Bergman’s posthumous reputation, the film quickly manages to blow those cobwebs away and instead turns into a fleet-footed, fascinating, and occasionally very funny look at the director’s influence.

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