Spotlight on... Max von Sydow

Ingmar Bergman’s fetish actor will present four of the films he starred in under Bergman’s direction, including The Seventh Seal.

After his theatre debut and a few small roles in Swedish films, Max von Sydow would at 28 years old (b.1929), won his first leading role in Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal. Thus began an extraordinary career, numbering numerous reappearances before the Maestro’s camera (twelve films in all!), all the while keeping a spell on Hollywood and old-world Europe alike.

Though predisposed towards the art house and more complex roles, for many fans he remains the cult-hero of one of the most acclaimed and terrifying films in cinema history... (see video)

A French citizen since 2002, von Sydow was appointed Chevalier of the Legion of Honor on the sidelines of last year’s festival.


The Seventh Seal  directed by Ingmar Bergman (Det sjunde inseglet, 1957, 1:37)
A knight back from the Crusades (Max von Sydow) encounters Death. They begin a chess game: before dying, the knight wants to understand the meaning of life. A metaphysical fable of visionary poetry and mystical nuance that mirrors the passions and anxieties of civilization.
Pathé Cordeliers Wed. 2:45pm in the presence of Max Von Sydow | Comœdia Sat. 2:15pm | CNP Sun. 2:45pm

Wild Strawberries  directed by Ingmar Bergman (Smultronstället, 1957, 1:32)
A lonely and proud old man (Victor Sjöström) looks back over the moments that have marked his life upon the occasion of a trip with his daughter in-law (Ingrid Thulin). A poignant meditation on life set apart by its wonderful mise en scene and dreamy atmosphere.
Comœdia Thu. 2:15pm | Cinéma Opéra Fri. 5:15pm | Cinéma Saint-Denis Sat. 2:30pm

The Virgin Spring  directed by Ingmar Bergman (Jungfrukällan, 1960, 1:30)
The story of a family of wealthy peasants whose teenage daughter is raped and murdered. With unblinking pictorial force this film depicts the violence in the world and the suffering of a father. Max von Sydow at the height of his powers.
Pathé Vaise Wed. 8:30 p.m. in the presence of Max Von Sydow | Pathé Bellecour Thu. 11am

Winter Light  directed by Ingmar Bergman (Nattvardsgästerna, 1963, 1:18)
Pastor Thomas Ericsson (Gunnar Björnstrand) has doubts about his faith. The suicide of one of his followers increases his dismay. A groundbreaking work wherein lurks only the most private of our sorrows.
CNP Thu. 8:15pm in the presence of Max Von Sydow | CNP Sat. 3:15pm

The restoration of the films in the Bergman retrospective began by the scanning of the 35mm negative to create dpx 2K files. A Master print was created from the files, using, where possible, reference material.  Phoenix was then used as the main restoration tool to remove all dust, scratches, and other film defects. The Master was created on HDCAM SR format and the 2K files archived in LTO.

Summer Interlude was restored by Criterion.


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