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The Magic Lantern

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“When a film is not a document, it is a dream. . . . At the editing table, when I run the strip of film through, frame by frame, I still feel that dizzy sense of magic of my childhood.” Bergman, who has conveyed this heady sense of wonder and vision to moviegoers for decades, traces his lifelong love affair with film in his breathtakingly visual autobiography, The Magic La ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 1987)
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Laterna Magica shows how difficult it is to define that odd word, "autobiography". Bergman isn't very interested in telling you what happened, though you absolutely don't get the feeling that he's trying to hide anything from you either. He isn't interested in defending himself from the numerous charges that have been filed against him (sex addict, irresponsible father, tax evader, etc). What he wants to do is show you how he experienced his life from the inside, and turned that raw material int ...more
Wael Mahmoud
May 01, 2016 Wael Mahmoud rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أود في البداية أن أشير إلى أمرين:

الأول أن برجمان هو مخرجي المفضل منذ بداية وعي بالسينما كفن وحتى اللحظة، ولم يكن ينافسه على هذه المكانة في السابق إلا فيلليني وكوروساوا وأحياناً بونويل.

الثاني أن هذا الكتاب لا يمكن قرأته كما ينبغي إلا إذا شاهدت بعض أفلام برجمان, حيث عندها سيلعب الكتاب دور الكشاف لكثير من أفلامه بل وبعض المشاهد بالخصوص. وأقترح الأفلام الثلاثة التالية بالأخص لمشاهدتها مسبقاً قبل قراءة الكتاب : ضوء الشتاء 1963 - ساعة الذئب 1968 - مشاهد من حياة زوجية 1973.

الكتاب نفسه عبارة عن خليط من
Aug 24, 2010 David rated it liked it
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Although my specific recollections of this book are as spotty
Jul 23, 2012 Aya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هكذا يروى لنا برجمان حياته غير المثالية، لا يخجل أن يخبرنا تمرده منذ صغره، توتره وعصبيته وإضطراباته الجسدية المستمرة ورغباته في القتل والعنف والخيانة، كراهيته لوالده وعلاقته المضطربة بعائلته، وأفلامه.
تلاحظ إضطراباته وسوء خُلقه فيما ذكره ويتعلق بحياته الشخصية، لكنه يتحول إلى شخص رائع عندما يتحدث عن أفلامه، عن الإضاءة، عن إختياره لأماكن التصوير. العجيب أن برجمان لم يُثني على أي عمل من أعماله، حتى الجيد منها "مثل صرخات وهمسات أو بيرسونا" تجده يتحدث عن الصعوبات التي واجهته أثناء التصوير، ومع الممثلي
كانت بدايتي مع فيلم سوناتا الخريف الذي لا أعلم متى ولِمَ حملته.. ثم بحثت عن المزيد من الأفلام وتذكرت وجود هذا الكتاب -أفلامه تجعلك ترغب بأن تتعرف على شخصيته- واستعنت باقتراحات الأصدقاء وائل وايمان المذكورة في مراجعاتهم كنت كل فترة أقرأ جزئية من الكتاب وأشاهد فيلم أدمنت أفلامه حتى أن أذني بدأت بحب اللغة السويدية ..
دائماً أعمال بيرغمان فيها شيء جديد ومختلف.. ربما ليست أفضل من الروائع في الزمن الحالي لكنها تبقى مختلفة مبتكرة وخالية تقريباً من التقليد وتشعر انه انسان يجرب ويتعلم ويشتغل بنفس الوقت..
Sep 13, 2015 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ingmar Bergman’s autobiography, The Magic Lantern, may not be the “best” book that I read this year (that word carries so much weight with it), but is quite probably my favorite book of the year. It has everything one often hopes for when reading an autobiography. In it Bergman not only provides readers with a discussion of his life and work, but he also is incredibly open – removing the curtain that typically separates the front and back stage, the work is very well-written and it is very easy ...more
Oct 29, 2015 eman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أي شيطان كان يسكن مصباحك السحري ؟

إنغمار بيرغمان العبقري الساحر والمعقد

أن تشاهد فيلما لإنغمار يعني أن تسبح في لا معقوليتك،

تناقضك،جنونك.أن تشاهد فيلما لإنغمار يعني الغوص في أعمق نقاط النفوس البشرية تعقيدا .

أفلام كضوء الشتاء، شغف آنا،بيرسونا،ساعة الذئب،التوت البري ، الربيع البكر، مشاهد من حياة زوجية وغيرها الكثير.

فيلم مثل سوناتا الخريف من أكثر الأفلام ضغطا على الأعصاب ، مفزع وحقيقي لدرجة مرعبة .

هذه الأفلام التي شكلت جزء كبير من شغفي بهذا المخرج العظيم وبفن السينمابشكل عام ، هو مخرج وكاتب أيضا يعلم
Jul 21, 2014 Bjorn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ah yes, the old myth of the tortured male genius and all that. And an autobiography containing everything from stories on how his dad used to beat him, about discovering masturbation and girls (in roughly that order), multiple marriages and families sacrificed to his "demons" and the drive to create ART, the torment from which great ideas are born, "truthlessness" as an excuse for rambling on at length...

So sue me. Bergman was a genius film maker, and what I love about his autobiography is that
Jan 29, 2015 Lavinia rated it really liked it
I have no recollection of the moment I started watching and liking (that came in time, though) Bergman, since none of my friends and acquaintances had any taste in his films whatsoever. There must have been different listopias with his films, like '100 films to watch in a lifetime' or stuff like that.
Anyway, what struck me in Bergman’s several films I’ve seen so far ('Persona' being by far my favorite) was the deep sense of simplicity, the austere and grave atmosphere. Most of them being B/W, th
Mar 23, 2015 Stratos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Τι πολυτάραχη ζωή είχε ο μεγάλος Σουηδός σκηνοθέτης! Μέσα από το αυτοβιογραφικό του βιβλίο, αναδεικνύονται οι προσωπικές του στιγμές, οι οικογενειακές αναταράξεις, οισχέσεις του με φίλους και γυναίκες, όλα αυτά που τα έδειξε στις ταινίες του. Οι φίλοι του θα πρέπει οπωσδήποτε να το διαβασουν
Lindu Pindu
Jan 22, 2012 Lindu Pindu rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no.
I don't know if I was upset at myself or Bergman for being so disappointed with this memoir. I expected to read more about his actual artistic output, a la Tarkovsky's Sculpting in Time.
What's most infuriating I realise now after having finished the book: he wants to seem very honest and open in his writing, making reference to this childhood ordeal or that crumbling personal relationship, but I perceive no such openness as a reader, only an attempt at it. It could be the translation. Then agai
Kimmo Sinivuori
Feb 09, 2014 Kimmo Sinivuori rated it really liked it
I began reading this book some twenty years ago but had to give up because it was too brutal in its honesty. Luckily, I had followed Doris Lessing's advice that one should collect a private library so that when one suddenly has an urge to read a book one only needs to walk to the bookshelf and get the book. Another Lessing advice that the same book can be totally different experience when returning to it years later was proven right as well because this time around I really enjoyed the book.
Ian Robinson
Nov 02, 2012 Ian Robinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book to try and glean some insight into the workings of the mind of the Swedish genius of cinema Ingmar Bergman.
i have to say that if you are hoping for a look into the creation of his films, I think "Images", another autobiographical book, is the book for you.
This book focusses more on Bergman's personal life, his physical and mental health, his relationships and, with a remarkable and sometimes shocking candidness, his childhood.
Given this, the structure of the book is as unconvent
May 16, 2013 Yasmine rated it it was amazing
عندما كنت صغيرًا وأنام جيدًا كانت تعذبني أحلام بغيضة: جرائم، تعذيب جسدي، اختناق، سفاح القربى، تدمير، غضب أهوج، أما اليوم ومع تقدمي بالسن فإن أحلامي تغيب عن ذاكرتي ولا أحتفظ عنها إلا بانطباعات ودودة ومريحة.


أحيانًا أحلم بإنتاج ضخم يضم مجاميع هائلة من الناس مع موسيقى ومشاهد ملونة، وأهمس لنفسي وقد تملكها إحساس بالرضى المطلق “هذا إنتاجي، وأنا الذي أبدعته”.


أشعر بأن الأشباح والشياطين ومخلوقات أخرى مجهولة الأسماء والعناوين لا تزال تحوم حولي منذ الطفولة.


لا يموت الإنسان نهائيًا ويبقى الميت ليزعج الأ
Mamdouh Abdullah
Aug 06, 2016 Mamdouh Abdullah rated it it was amazing
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لم أسجل يوماً في أي قراءة أية أمنية, بأن يكون هذا الفنان أو هذا المفكر كاتباً حتى أقرأ له. هنا, أجد نفسي التواقة إلى القراءة تحسد نفسي الأخرى العاشقة للسينما. لماذا لم يكن إنجمار برجمان كاتباً؟ لماذا لم تكن أعماله السينمائية أعمالاً أدبية في البداية ثم تتحول إلى السينما؟ هذا العقل العبقري لو اتجه للأدب لأحدث ثورة لا نهاية لها. أفكاره متجددة بشكل مذهل وعبقري. لا يكرر نفسه, بل يبدع في مجاله, كأن غاية حياته أن يكتب بقلمه ويجسدها على الشاشة. أن يتسع مجال الكتابة والإخراج لهذه الأعمال و بهذا التنوع ...more
Nov 30, 2008 Baiocco rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Bergman movie fans?
Shelves: autobiography
I tapped out of this book a few chapters in because I found myself either skipping pages at a time or sleeping. I had higher hopes of this because it took me a little while to track it down in the public library system, and because it has a cool title and because Bergman is supposedly an amazing filmmaker but then I tried to watch a few of his films and fell asleep too, and just didn't really have the time for. Not usually like me but maybe i just have to be at a different point in my life to ap ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
the magic lantern: an autobiography of Ingmar Bergman (1918)
فانوس خیال: زندگینامه اینگمار برگمان
عنوان: فانوس خیال: زندگینامه اینگمار برگمان به قلم خودش؛ نویسنده: اینگمار برگمن؛ مترجمها: مهوش تابش، مسعود فراستی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، سروش (انتشارات صدا و سیما)، 1370، در 346 ص، عکس، موضوع: سینما ، تهیه کنندگان و کارگردانان
May 14, 2013 Rafael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fiquei extremamente impressionado com a leitura de Lanterna Mágica, a autobiografia do grande Ingmar Bergman. Nota inicial, Bergman é um dos meus diretores de cinema favoritos. Admiro muito o seu cinema de temas filosóficos, longos diálogos, closes constantes no rosto dos atores. Concordo plenamente com Woody Allen (que assina a introdução do livro) quando ele diz que, se o cinema tem por ambiente, normalmente, o plano externo, Bergman é o oposto, fazendo filmes sobre a mente. Aliás, a melhor de ...more
Jul 13, 2016 Candela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[...] Me di cuenta ya a finales de marzo que el proyecto era irreal y propuse por ello una película corta con dos mujeres. Cuando el director de la empresa me preguntó cortésmente de qué iba a tratar, le contesté, saliéndome por la tangente, que iba a tratar de dos mujeres jóvenes que están sentadas en una playa con unos sombreros grandes, enfrascadas en la comparación mutua de sus manos.

[...] Las dos mujeres seguían comparándose las manos. Un día descubrí que una era muda como yo. La otra era l
"Aš noriu ramybės, tvarkos, nuoširdumo. Tik šitaip mes galime priartėti prie begalybės. Tik šitaip įmenam mįsles ir įvaldom kartojimo mechanizmą. Kartojimas, gyvas, pulsuojantis kartojimas."

" Be tavęs nėra ir manęs. Žinoma, mes esam matę puikių spektaklių, atsiradusių iš laukinės neapykantos, tačiau neapykanta — irgi tam tikras prisilietimas, ji persmelkia taip pat kaip ir meilė."

"Tyla atrodydavo tarsi amžinybė, todėl, suprantama, buvo verta pagarbos."

"Wenn Du Geburtstag hast, bin ich bei Dir zu
Philippe Malzieu
Feb 06, 2014 Philippe Malzieu rated it it was amazing
Original title is "Laterna magica".It is the history of a little boy who needed love. His mother had consulted a pediatrist. He had forbiden her to have affection gesture to his son. This is the history of an unhappy loveless little boy which discovers joy with a toy,a magic lantern.
He search happiness all his life. He met many women, he had many children. He had never find peace. He will deliver his anguishes in all his movies. I saw all of them. I prefer Monika, Persona,The Serpent's Egg, the
"Film has dream, film has music. No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul. A little twitch in our optic nerve, a shock effect: twenty-four illuminated frames in a second, darkness in between, the optic nerve incapable of registering darkness. At the editing table, when I run the trip of film through, frame by frame, I still feel that dizzy sense of magic of my childhood: in the darkness of the wardrobe, I sl ...more
Andres Sanchez
Sep 29, 2015 Andres Sanchez rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Ingmar Bergman
I am a big fan of Ingmar Bergman as a filmmaker and through this book, I was given a very intimate understanding of his life experiences, which in some ways, though not all, elaborate on his already very dense film work.

Beginning with his first memory, Bergman tells us everything from the difficulties he experienced growing up during WWII, under quite the dysfunctional roof, to his first experiences with love, his relationship with his emotions, his development as a young man, into a young adult
Въпреки заглавието си, в тази своя книга Бергман пише повече за театъра и вдъхновителя си Стриндберг, отколкото за киното. Вероятно повече пише за филмите си в книгите "Образи" и "Родени в неделя", които се надявам, че ще прочета.
Още първите страници откриват характерния за Бергман студен и изчистен в дълбочината си дух, който познаваме от филмите му. Пише доста за семейството си и споделя различни картини от детството си. Бил е син на пастор и семейството му е било "незащитено от хорските погле
Sep 27, 2011 Newton rated it liked it
The first hundred pages or so, largely covering Bergman's childhood, are extremely interesting. The remaining 200 or so pages, unfortunately, were largely boring accounts of theatre productions. It should come as no surprise to anybody familiar with Bergman's films that he is a rather selfish, pompous, opinionated, and generally unpleasant individual (he readily admits as much throughout the autobiography). I wouldn't discourage a fan of his work from reading this, but would not generally recomm ...more
Dec 22, 2014 Jaka rated it it was amazing
Pretty shocking what a bastard he was at times. In Laterna magica he couldn't have describet better how hard he tried to get to the bottom of his tendency to be a bastard. He always saw things that other couldn't, he saw the darkside of the human nature and that got him in troubles sometimes.

Him talking openly about that "dark" side of himself though is a very uplifting notion for me. Taking us through his dreams and imaginings, unveiling his ever-present thin line between reality and imaginati
Thomas Strömquist
By no means this should be the only work to dig into if you are interested in the great man, but the autobiography is very good and very interesting. It is also one of the handful of books I've read both in my native Swedish and translated and therefore I can say that the translation unfortunately is a bit lacking. Not disturbingly so though, I believe at least, for someone not making the comparison.
عِماد  عبابنة
May 09, 2014 عِماد عبابنة rated it really liked it
أعجبني الكتاب بما فيه من عفوية , وطفولة .. بما فيه من حب وكره, من إيمان ,, ومن حالة تائهة دونها . ومن حالة بلا مشاعر

وكل هذا والكتاب ليس رواية أو قصة .. إنما حياة
حياة انغمار بيرغمان .. لا أدري إن كان مشهورا في عالمنا العربي كفاية
هو المخرج السويدي العبقري ... وربما الفنان السينمائي الأكثر عبقرية رأيته
فهو لا يقدم قصة من خلال أفلامه بل فن .. نعم فن وكأنه لوحة فنية بديعة أو معزوفة موسيقية آسرة . أو بيت شعر تحيطه المشاعر

فالصورة المتحركة لديه فن لتصوير أكثر مشاعر الانسان صعوبة على التصوير

هذا الكت
Jun 03, 2016 نورة. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
من أكثر الكتب التي استمتعت بها في الفترة الأخيرة، من البداية حتى النهاية الكتاب ممتع. تحدث فيه عن طفولته وأعماله وأحببت المسرح جدا جدا من خلال تجربة برغمان. في الأخير الحديث عن عائلته أثر بي كثيرا تحديدا عن أمه. وفيه تفاصيل وأسرار لأفلامه وحياته الخاصة. جميل وتجربة تستحق القراءة.
Kit Fox
Jan 31, 2012 Kit Fox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty engaging reminiscences from one of the greatest directors in film history—though he kinda phoned-in the last 60 pages. Ever wondered what physical ailments the great Ingmar Bergman suffered from? Insomnia and IBS. And now you know.
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Ernst Ingmar Bergman was a nine-time Academy Award-nominated Swedish film, stage, and opera director. He depicted bleakness and despair as well as comedy and hope in his explorations of the human condition. He is recognized as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of modern cinema.

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“الصداقة مثل الحب، وجوهر الصداقة يقوم على الصراحة والعاطفة والصدق. من المريح أن ترى وجه صديقك أو تسمع صوته بالهاتف وتتحدث معه حول أمور مؤلمة وملحّة، وتسمعه يعترف بما يخشى التفكير به. إن للصداقة لمسة من الحسيّة، فشكل الصديق ووجهه وعيناه وشفتاه وصوته وحركاته ونبرة صوته، كل هذا محفور فى ذهنك، مفتاح سرّى يمنحك الثقة لأن تبوح بنفسك فى صداقة حقيقية.

إن علاقة الحب تنفجر متحولة إلى صراعات لا يمكن تفاديها، أما الصداقة فلا تحتاج إلى الرغبة نفسها من الاهتياج والتعقيم. فى أحيان كثيرة يلتصق الرمل بين أسطحة التواصل القابلة للخدش ويلى ذلك الأسف والصعوبات. أفكر وأقول لنفسى إننى أستطيع تدبير أمورى جيداً دون هذا الأحمق، ثم يمضى بعض الوقت ويظهر إحساس غير سار بفقدان هذا الشخص، إحساس يعبّر عن نفسه بمستويات مختلفة، واضحة أحياناً ومتكتمة غالباً.

الصداقة لا تعتمد على الوعود والاحتجاجات أو على الزمان والمكان. الصداقة غير متطلبة إلا فى أمر واحد. انها تتطلب الصدق، وهو مطلبها الوحيد، ولكن الصعب.”
“I'm planning, you see, to try to confine myself to the truth. That's hard for an old, inveterate fantasy martyr and liar who has never hesitated to give truth the form he felt the occasion demanded. ” 38 likes
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