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No more Strawberries

Close-ups. Conflict. Complexity.

In short, Crisis. Conjured up spectacularly, yet with great calm.

Legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman is no more, but leaves behind images to haunt generations with.

The Swedish director created cinema with a yearning quality, dreamscapes that moodily dwelt on matters of the mind and soul, on the struggles that plague us within.

Born on July 14, 1918, Ernst Ingmar Bergman grew up in a devout Lutheran household -- his father was chaplain to the Swedish royal family -- and had a tormented childhood. He credited his parents for his success, saying they 'created a world for me to revolt against.'

With the casual happenstance that inevitably aids genius, at the age of ten, Bergman was gifted a magic lantern. The toy fascinated young Ingmar, and instilled in him a tremendous love of the moving picture.

Text: Raja Sen

Image: Picture taken in the 1960s in Sweden shows legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman shooting a movie. Photograph: Bonniers Hylen/AFP/Getty Images
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