No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul.

— Ingmar Bergman

The most scandalous Ingmar Bergman quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual

My discovery of Tarkovsky's first film was like a miracle.

Suddenly, I found myself standing at the door of a room the keys of which had, until then, never been given to me. It was a room I had always wanted to enter and where he was moving freely and fully at ease.


Old age is like climbing a mountain. You climb from ledge to ledge. The higher you get, the more tired and breathless you become, but your views become more extensive.


The demons are innumerable, arrive at the most inappropriate times and create panic and terror. But I have learned that if I can master the negative forces and harness them to my chariot, then they can work to my advantage. Lilies often grow out of carcasses' arseholes.


Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.


Only someone who is well prepared has the opportunity to improvise.


We make each other alive; it doesn’t make a difference if it hurts.


The world is a den of thieves, and night is falling.

Evil breaks its chains and runs through the world like a mad dog. The poison affects us all. No one escapes. Therefore let us be happy while we are happy. Let us be kind, generous, affectionate and good. It is necessary and not at all shameful to take pleasure in the little world.


My basic view of things is - not to have any basic view of things.

From having been exceedingly dogmatic, my views on life have gradually dissolved. They don't exist any longer.


There's always a tension in me between my urge to destroy and my will to live.

.. Every morning I wake up with a new wrath, a new suspiciousness, a new desire to live.


Our social relationships are limited, most of the time, to gossip and criticizing people's behavior. This observation slowly pushed me to isolate from the so-called social life. My days pass by in solitude.


There are moments when I can wander through my childhood's landscape, through rooms long ago, remember how they were furnished, where the pictures hung on the walls, the way the light fell. It's like a film - little scraps of a film, which I set running and which I can reconstruct to the last detail - except their smell.


I hope I never get so old I get religious.


About Ingmar Bergman

Quotes 80 sayings
Nationality Swedish
Profession Director
Birthday October 16

First, I write down all I know about the story, at length and in detail.

Then I sink the iceberg and let some of it float up just a little.


I know, of course, that by using film we can bring in other previously unknown worlds, realities beyond reality.


I want to confess as best I can, but my heart is void.

The void is a mirror. I see my face and feel loathing and horror. My indifference to men has shut me out. I live now in a world of ghosts, a prisoner in my dreams.


I write scripts to serve as skeletons awaiting the flesh and sinew of images.


One of ennui's most terribel components is the overwhelming feeling of ennui that comes over you whenever you try to explain it.


Time is shortening. But every day that I challenge this cancer and survive is a victory for me.


To humiliate and be humiliated, I think, is a crucial element in our whole social structure. It's not only the artist I'm sorry for. It's just that I know exactly where he feels most humiliated.


When I was young, I was extremely scared of dying.

But now I think it a very, very wise arrangement. It's like a light that is extinguished. Not very much to make a fuss about


I make all my decisions on intuition.

I throw a spear into the darkness. That is intuition. Then I must send an army into the darkness to find the spear. That is intellect.


All of us collect fortunes when we are children.

A fortune of colors, of lights, and darkness, of movement, of tensions. Some of us have the fantastic chance to go back to his fortune when grown up.


Death: Do you never stop questioning? Antonius Block: No. I never stop.


Perhaps we are the same person. Perhaps we have no limits; perhaps we flow into each other, stream through each other, boundlessly and magnificently. You bear terrible thoughts; it is almost painful to be near you. At the same time it is enticing. Do you know why?


It's a strange thing that every human being has a sort of dignity or wholeness in him, and out of that develops relationships to other human beings, tensions, misunderstandings, tenderness, coming in contact, touching and being touched, the cutting off of a contact and what happens then.


Fellini, Kurosawa, and Bunuel move in the same field as Tarkovsky.

Antonioni was on his way, but expired, suffocated by his own tediousness.


Art lost its basic creative drive the moment it was separated from worship.

It severed an umbilical cord and now lives its own sterile life, generating and degenerating itself. In former days the artist remained unknown and his work was to the glory of God.


I think I have made just one picture that I really like.


The theater is like a faithful wife. The film is the great adventure - the costly, exacting mistress.


When we experience a film, we consciously prime ourselves for illusion.

Putting aside will and intellect, we make way for it in our imagination. The sequence of pictures plays directly on our feelings.


The older I become, the more I think about my mother.


I am so 100 percent Swedish... Someone has said a Swede is like a bottle of ketchup - nothing and nothing and then all at once - splat. I think I'm a little like that.


For me, in those days, the great question was: Does God exist? Or doesn't God exist? Can we, by an attitude of faith, attain to a sense of community and a better world? Or, if God doesn't exist, what do we do then? What does our world look like then? In none of this was there the least political colour.


I have a lot of tics and phobias. I hate to travel. I hate to go to festivals. I hate it when somebody gets close behind me. I'm scared of the darkness. I hate open doors.


I think I'm Swedish because I like to live here on this island.

You can't imagine the loneliness and isolation in this country. In that way, I'm very Swedish - I don't dislike to be alone.


Growing older is like climbing a mountain: the higher you get, the more strength you need, but the further you see.


I liked Truffaut a lot, I've felt a lot of admiration for his way to address the audience, and his storytelling.... La nuit américaine is adorable, and another film I like to see is L'enfant sauvage, with its fine humanism.


I have always had the ability to attach my demons to my chariot.


Either I did away with that fear through writing, or in the course of writing, I discovered it was no longer so intrusive or threating. The bottom line is, it's gone.


Everything is worth precisely as much as a belch, the difference being that a belch is more satisfying.


I usually take a walk after breakfast, write for three hours, have lunch and read in the afternoon. Demons don’t like fresh air - they prefer it if you stay in bed with cold feet; for a person who is as chaotic as me, who struggles to be in control, it is an absolute necessity to follow these rules and routines. If I let myself go, nothing will get done.


I want to stop. I want to stay on Fårö, and read the books I haven’t read, find out things I haven’t yet found out. I want to write things I haven’t written. To listen to music, and talk to my neighbors. To live together with my wife a very calm, very secure, very lazy existence, for the rest of my life.


To shoot a film is to organize an entire universe.


There is no art form that has so much in common with film as music.

Both affect our emotions directly, not via the intellect.


This damned ranting about doom. Is that food for the minds of modern people? Do they really expect us to take them seriously?


I have thus decided to make a certain film and now begins the complicated and difficult-to-master work. To transfer rhythms, moods, atmosphere, tensions, sequences, tones and scents into words and sentences in a readable or at least understandable script. This is difficult but not impossible.


Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director], the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.


I don't watch my own films very often.

I become so jittery and ready to cry... and miserable. I think it's awful.


The film medium is some sort of magic.

I think also it's a magic that every frame comes and stands still for a fraction of a second and then it darkens. A half part of the time when you see a picture you sit in complete darkness. Isn't that fascinating? That is magic.