The Serious Game
The Serious Game
Ingmar Bergman as Stage Director
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Preface 1. B & Co. 2. William Shakespeare, King Lear 3. August Strindberg, Miss Julie 4. August Strindberg, A Dream Play 5. William Shakespeare, Hamlet 6. Eugene O’Neill, Long Day’s Journey into Night 7. Yukio Mishima, Madame de Sade 8. Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House 9. Henrik Ibsen, Peer Gynt 10. William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale 11. J.B.P. Molière, The Misanthrope 12. Euripides, The Bacchae 13. August Strindberg, The Ghost Sonata 14. Friedrich von Schiller, Mary Stuart 15. Henrik Ibsen, Ghosts 16. The Serious Game Production Data Bibliography DVD list Index

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"Egil Törnqvist's contribution to the field of "Bergman studies" cannot possibly be overestimated. *The Serious Game*, alas, was to be his last book. However untimely, it is thus a fitting testament not only to Bergman's theatre work, but to Törnqvist's great capabilities of sharing his remarkable insights about it." - Jan Holmberg, CEO Ingmar Bergman Foundation, Stockholm "This is the strongest aspect of the book — Törnqvist’s ability of vivid description and thoughtful choice of evocative details of the production (he intently choose only productions he witnessed himself or these which are videodocumented, which allows him to provide, when necessary, detailed transcripts of stage action). The analytical chapters serve very well as particular arguments supporting the general characterization of Bergman’s view on theatre as shown in the preface." - David Drozd, *Theatralia: Journal for Theatre Studies*, 2019

Egil Törnqvist

The Serious Game

Ingmar Bergman as Stage Director

Though Ingmar Bergman became famous as a filmmaker, his roots-and, to some extent, his heart-were in the theater. He directed more than one hundred plays in his career, and The Serious Game takes a close look at fourteen productions he staged at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. Looking closely at the relationship between the verbal and the visual, this book gives even longtime Bergman fans a new understanding of his sensitivity to nuance, his versatility, and his dedication to craftsmanship. **INCLUDES DVD WITH FOURTEEN VIDEO RECORDINGS, ALL IN COLOUR**
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Egil Törnqvist

Egil Törnqvist (19.12.1932 - 9.3.2015) was professor emeritus of Scandinavian studies at the University of Amsterdam, author of Drama as Text and Performance, and a leading Strindberg and Bergman scholar. In 2004, he received the renowned Strindberg Prize.