“Bergman was a great enthusiast with a head full of imagination. He was always going against the traditions”
impact,” he says. “But I knew it was something very special. We never thought it would have that effect on movie history. It was a very small production. It cost 40,000 Swedish Crowns when there were five to the dollar. The producers hated it: ‘Nobody wants to see this!’ Then Bergman had great success with Smiles of a Summer Night and they said: ‘Okay, do your strange little film.’”
It is said that Bergman didn’t speak much to the actors. How on earth did he manage to impress his singular voice on so many films? “That is absolutely true. But what was wonderful with Bergman was that he was very present all the time, standing by the camera constantly.
“There was no monitor then. Now you don’t see the director. He’s off in the back in