This year marks Ingmar Bergman’s centenary. To celebrate, The Criterion Collection has just announced a landmark box set, featuring 39 of the director’s films. Bergman is my personal favorite filmmaker of all time. His movies have consistently influenced the way I think and look at the world around me and my place in it. His stories about men and women struggling to make sense of this world are deep and personal and beautifully told. This is a worthy way to celebrate indeed!

Here are some of the details from The Criterion Collection:

Arranged as a film festival with opening and closing nights bookending double features and centerpieces, this selection spans six decades and thirty-nine films—including such celebrated classics as The Seventh Seal, Persona, and Fanny and Alexander alongside previously unavailable works like Dreams, The Rite,and Brink of Life. Accompanied by a 248-page book with essays on each program, as well as by more than thirty hours of supplemental features, Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema traces themes and images across Bergman’s career, blazing trails through the master’s unequaled body of work for longtime fans and newcomers alike.

And here are the films in the set. Where I’ve reviewed one or talked about one on a podcast, I’ve linked to the post:

By my calculation, that leaves out only a bit more than a handful of films he directed — It Rains on Our Love (1946), Music in Darkness (1948), Prison (1949), This Can’t Happen Here (1950), Face to Face (1976), The Blessed Ones (1986), In the Presence of Clowns (1997). He had his hand in other work, and he was a prolific theater director as well, but this is as comprehensive a set as I think we will ever see and more than enough to really get to know this man’s work.

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