“While a movie isn’t a report, this can be a dream. . . . On the enhancing desk, once I run the strip of movie via, body by means of body, I nonetheless really feel that dizzy feel of magic of my youth.” Bergman, who has conveyed this heady feel of marvel and imaginative and prescient to moviegoers for many years, strains his lifelong love affair with movie in his breathtakingly visible autobiography, The Magic Lantern.

Extra grand mosaic than linear account, Bergman’s vignettes hint his existence from a rural Swedish youth via his paintings in theater to Hollywood’s golden age, and a tumultuous romantic historical past that comes with 5 other halves and various mistresses. All through, Bergman recounts his existence in a chain of deeply private flashbacks that report one of the such a lot necessary moments in 20th-century filmmaking in addition to the personal obsessions of the person at the back of them. Formidable in scope but sensitively wrought, The Magic Lantern is a window to the thoughts of one among our technology’s nice geniuses.

“[Bergman] has discovered a technique to display the soul’s panorama . . . . Many gripping revelations.”—New York Occasions Guide Review

“Joan Tate’s translation of this Guide has delicacy and precise pitch . . . The Magic Lantern is as private and penetrating as a Bergman movie, wry, shadowy, austere.”—New Republic

“[Bergman] helps to keep returning to his prior, reassessing it, distilling its which means, providing it to his audiences in wonderful new shapes.”—New York Times

“What Bergman does relate, specifically his tangled relationships along with his folks, isn’t just illuminating however moderately shifting. No ‘inform-all’ Guide this one, however revealing in ways in which for much longer and allegedly ‘franker’ books don’t seem to be.”—Library Journal