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Shadows of Shadows: the Undead in Ingmar Bergman's Cinema

Cinquegrani, Maurizio (2015) Shadows of Shadows: the Undead in Ingmar Bergman's Cinema. In: Leeder, Murray, ed. Cinematic Ghosts. Bloomsbury, pp. 129-142. ISBN 978-1-62892-216-5. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:56938)

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Abstract

Reminiscent of earlier haunted screens in Swedish cinema, Ingmar Bergman’s ghosts and his fantasies of spectrality emerge with close ties to a broader series of cultural influences. Bergman’s spectral presences, as this chapter aims to demonstrate, are complex presences echoing gothic and pagan traditions, national and international literature. At times mere hallucinations dissolving into thin air, Bergman’s ghosts can also be corporeal and animated dead bodies. This characteristic is reminiscent of a pre-gothic narrative tradition provided by Scandinavian and Icelandic sagas, where spectres inhabit the barrows in which they were enclosed and that are known as draugr or haugbúi. They leave their burial sites to prey on men and maintain intellect and a residual personality. This chapter thus aims at an in-depth reassessment of this aspect of Bergman’s cinema and his narratives eerily populated by spectral presences caused by disturbances in the acts of dying and grieving.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Ghost Cinema Bergman Sweden
Subjects: N Visual Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Film
Depositing User: Maurizio Cinquegrani
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2016 11:26 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:44 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/56938 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Cinquegrani, Maurizio: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5893-2132
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