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Film festival honors director Ingmar Bergman’s 100th birthday

Three classics shown July 14, 21 and 28 in Warrenton

Published on July 10, 2018 11:58AM

Death, as portrayed in Ingmar Bergman’s film ‘The Seventh Seal.’

Courtesy Clatsop Plains Pioneer Presbyterian Church

Death, as portrayed in Ingmar Bergman’s film ‘The Seventh Seal.’

Filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.

Courtesy Clatsop Plains Pioneer Presbyterian Church

Filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.


WARRENTON — Clatsop Plains Pioneer Presbyterian Church will host a film festival celebrating the 100th birthday of the director Ingmar Bergman, 4 p.m. Saturdays, July 14, 21 and 28.

First up, the church will show “Fanny and Alexander” on Saturday, July 14, Bergman’s birthday. (He died in 2007.) Perhaps Bergman’s most autobiographical film, “Fanny and Alexander” follows two siblings and their large family in Uppsala, Sweden, during the first decade of the 20th century. The movie won four Academy Awards in 1984, including best cinematography. Afterward, we’ll have birthday cake and ice cream.

A week later, on July 21, we’ll show “Wild Strawberries.” One of Bergman’s most moving films, the camera follows an aging, stubborn, grouchy professor on a journey to receive an award. He takes a psychological journey as well, reflecting on his childhood and youth, and finally comes to terms with his life and its approaching end. After the movie we’ll have a Swedish strawberry desert.

Bergman’s masterpiece “The Seventh Seal” will be shown last on July 28. A knight (Max von Sydow) returns from the crusades to find Denmark ravaged by plague. What follows is an epic historical fantasy with one of the most memorable final scenes in film history. Then you’ll be cheered up with Swedish cookies and sweet breads.

The cost is $10 per film, all three for $20. Tickets will be available at the door.

Clatsop Plains Pioneer Presbyterian Church is located on U.S. Highway 101 at the Camp Rilea exit. The event is sponsored by the church and Astor Lodge #215, Vasa Order of America.

For more information, call 503-861-3622.



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