Reinfeldt: Bergman’s work is immortal

Sweden's Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, has led political tributes to film director Ingmar Bergman, who died on Monday at the age of 89. His work is immortal, Reinfeldt said.

“Ingmar Bergman was one of the world’s great dramatists – for many he was the absolute greatest,” Reinfeldt said

“I believe that it will be hard to fully understand and grasp the enormous contribution to film and drama in Sweden and abroad that Ingmar Bergman leaves behind him. His work is immortal. I hope his legacy will be cherished and built upon for a long time to come,” he continued.

Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth said Bergman’s films were “milestones for the whole art of filmmaking.”

“His importance cannot be overestimated. From the levity and seriousness in films like Wild Strawberries to the unforgettable, existential conversations in Scenes from a Marriage, Ingmar Bergman has generously shared his struggle with his inner-demons and affected people across the world. His films are constantly finding a new audience,” she said.

Adelsohn Liljeroth also praised his contributions to the theatre, particularly his “unforgettable and highly charged” interpretations of the classics.

“My thoughts go first and foremost to Ingmar Bergman’s family,” she said.

Leif Pagrotsky, culture minister in the last Social Democratic government, told news agency TT that Bergman had “done more than anyone else in the twentieth century to put Sweden on the map. When I was in the government, everywhere I went in the world I met people who were admirers of his work,” he told news agency TT.

“When I met Spain’s education minister she said she had seen all his films and could recite the entire script of Saraband in Spanish,” he added.