Have you ever drunk-dialed an ex? So has legendary actress Liv Ullman…but her ex was legendary director Ingmar Bergman. And when they split up, who did Ullman call? Bergman. After all, he was her best friend. The story of the 50-year relationship between the actress and the director is told in Liv and Ingmar, starting Friday, February 14th at Cinema Detroit.
Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman met in 1965 while filming Persona. Both were married, and there was a difference in age: Liv was 25, and Ingmar was 47. But none of it mattered. They lived together for five years, had a child, and made 11 films together. Now, nearly 5 decades later, Ingmar is gone … but their bond remains. Told entirely from Liv’s point-of-view through an interview filmed at the house she shared with Bergman, Liv & Ingmar brings together excerpts from their films, still photos, behind-the-scenes footage, and personal letters to tell the tale of two great artists who were also human beings, lovers, and friends.
Ullmann, now 75, is really candid about the ups and downs she had with Bergman, who died in 2007 at the age of 89. As his muse, she is uniquely qualified to portray the director as an ordinary person. Not your average love story…but a compelling one nonetheless.
PS: In case you were wondering which 11 films Ullman and Bergman worked together on:
Hour of the Wolf (1968)
The Passion of Anna (1969)
Cries and Whispers (1972)
Scenes from a Marriage (1973)
Face to Face (1976)
The Serpent’s Egg (1977)
Autumn Sonata (1978)
Faithless (2000) – Directed by Liv Ullmann; Screenplay Ingmar Bergman