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Set in the decade beginning in 1908, The Best Intentionsis, ultimately, a love story on many different levels: a man and woman in love; parents and children; and love as miracle, that love which is overriding and ,so often inexplicable.

Bergman was inspired to write this loosely biographical novel when he began rummaging through the voluminous family picture albums. That,

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Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 1st 1994 by Arcade Publishing (first published 1991)
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Corey
Feb 23, 2015 Corey rated it it was amazing
Ingmar Bergman was the greatest filmmaker of all time. This book is a strange hippogriff: part novel, part memoir, part play, part screenplay. But it works and is as powerful as one of his best films.
Promena Ideja
Sep 19, 2009 Promena Ideja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Davno sam pogledao Bergmanov film "Najbolje namere", ove godine se pojavio roman u izdanju Geopoetike. Tek što sam počeo čitanje,mnogo očekujem od ove knjige.
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Un livre romancé avec le style direct simpliste d'un scénario, Bergman semblerait presque exceller plus en écriture qu'à l'adaptation cinématographique;figure pourtant emblématique du cinéma. Il ne fait pas le racontar documentariste,n'étant pas toujours fidèle à la réalité dans cette ébauche de biographie familiale. Mêlant confusion avec exactitude de faits, sa vie familiale antérieure à sa naissance est écrite avec "une imagination débordante", caractéristique mentionné dans la brève autobiogr ...more
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Feb 03, 2016 Ross rated it really liked it
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Ingmar Bergman wrote the screenplay for a six-hour miniseries shown in Sweden about the imagined courtship of his parents. A three-hour abridgement was released in movie theaters across the world and shown on public TV in the United States. Don't read this fine translation hoping to find out what happened in the six-hour original because this book only contains the screenplay for the three-hour abridgement. If anyone knows how I can see the six-hour version with English subtitles, or read the fu ...more
Paulo Santos
Mar 22, 2016 Paulo Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the second book I read in Swedish. I watched the series by Bille August before, so I knew the story, which made it easier to read and also made me picture the characters as the actors looked like in the movie. Beautiful story, and beautiful writing; there were many words I didn't understand and had to look up, but I was happy to understand enough to be able to read it pleasantly. I think my next Swedish book will be Lanterna Magica, since I'm now acquainted with Bergman's writing.
Paulina
May 07, 2012 Paulina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can be better than reading a Bergman movie?
Gotta love Mr Bergman. Is there anything this man can't do?
Amy
Dec 17, 2012 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story, very realistic, but lacked a climax.
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Harsh, but rewarding, just like some of his movies.
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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 in cinematic history.

He directed 62 films, most of which he wrote, and directed over 170 plays. Some of his international
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