Thursday, August 16, 2007
I have just watched two films - Persona and Autumn Sonata - by the late Ingmar Bergman. The last time I saw Persona I was sitting next to Nige in the Arts Cinema in Cambridge. I was knocked out then without fully understanding why. I was knocked out this time in a condition of complete understanding. Autumn Sonata, which I had not previously seen, is harrowing and beautiful. Those who dismiss Bergman as a mere miserabilist simply don't notice the astonishing formal beauties of his films. Anyway, I mention all this because I just came across this Samuel Beckett quote about that wonderful artist Jack Yeats. 'Yeats is the great of our time... he brings light as only the great dare bring light to the issueless predicament of existence.' Bergman in a nutshell.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 7:35 am