Sunday, June 08, 2003

"What Mr. Bergman has now done, he says, is to take out 'a pair of big metal scissors and cut Ibsen's iron corset into pieces without altering the basic themes. It's a resonant analogy from a man whose art is based on peeling layers - social and psychological - to unveil the skin beneath the clothes, the skull beneath the skin and the soul beyond the skull. Anyone who knows Bergman film classics like "The Seventh Seal" and "Persona" is well aware of this penetrating gift for finding the spirit in the flesh and vice versa. But the same skill has been equally evident in Mr. Bergman's work for the stage, including his revelatory, searingly physical productions of "A Doll's House" and "Long Day's Journey Into Night," both seen at the Brooklyn Academy more than a decade ago."(nytimes: Arts)



:: comment :: . . . first Bergman has been an enormous influence in why I went & than stopped going to movies/films . . . Persona stunned me with it's black and white 'beneath the skin and soul' resolution . . . second this link is a check on the new partnership between The NYTimes & RadioUserland . . . will the link remain . . .