SLOVAKIA / 2001
Roman Polàk – Scenes from the Life of Director (Ingmar Bergman)
Ingmar Bergman is one of the most important and influential theatre and film directors of the twentieth century. Drawing not only on his own memoirs and scripts, but also on the recollections of his collaborators, the play captures him directing a theatrical production. The story touches on the very essence of artistic work and theatre, the nature of the director's profession, and his efforts to exorcise his own demons, while trying to name the demons of the whole society. The play intertwines the director's personal problems with his parents, partners and collaborators with the problems of artistic work in the creation of a theatrical work.
Scenes from the life of the director (Ingmar Bergman) reflect, through Bergman's life, the profession of the director, or the artist as such - the motives that lead one to this profession, the relationship with the actors, the search for the meaning of theatre, the relationship between creation and life, etc.
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