Bibi Andersson (1935-2019)

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Bibi Andersson (1935-2019)

#1 Post by diamonds » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:37 pm


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#2 Post by domino harvey » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:39 pm

One of my favorite Bergman regulars. She left behind not just her great work with him but also Mai Zetterling’s terrific the Girls

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Re: Passages

#3 Post by Big Ben » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:44 pm

That's a shame. She was one of my favorite Bergman regulars too.

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#4 Post by FrauBlucher » Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:10 pm

So sorry to hear. :(

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Re: Passages

#5 Post by hearthesilence » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:15 pm

diamonds wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:37 pm
Bibi Andersson.
Going through her filmography, it never occurred to me that 1) so many of her roles, even in Bergman's films, were nearly thankless roles, and as many have now pointed out (including Andersson herself) usually required her to play a Doris Day-type across different periods in history. It wasn't until Persona when the full extent of her talents were known, which brings me to 2) so much of her film legacy rests on Persona, but it is one of THE great performances in film history, and it stands as a towering achievement even within Bergman's filmography, which has no shortage of great performances.

Von Sydow memorialized her as having a great sense of humor. Has she ever been cast in a great comedic part?
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Re: Passages

#6 Post by domino harvey » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:27 pm

Uh, how quickly you forget Bergman’s well-established Comedy masterpiece, All These Women

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Re: Passages

#7 Post by Rayon Vert » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:44 pm

A bit more seriously, The Devil's Eye counts, I'd say.

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Re: Passages

#8 Post by knives » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:01 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:27 pm
Uh, how quickly you forget Bergman’s well-established Comedy masterpiece, All These Women
Genuinely love it so no accounting for my taste. It seems like she was in a few even outside of Bergman though.

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Re: Passages

#9 Post by hearthesilence » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:52 pm

“Bibi Andersson, star of ‘Persona,’ ‘Shit Happens,’...”

How did the NY Times miss that opportunity?

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Re: Bibi Andersson (1935-2019)

#10 Post by JSC » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:02 pm

She was very good in Vilgot Sjoman's Syskonbadd 1782 (My Sister, My Love), which
has a pretty twisted ending.

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Re: Passages

#11 Post by knives » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:06 pm

hearthesilence wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:52 pm
“Bibi Andersson, star of ‘Persona,’ ‘Shit Happens,’...”

How did the NY Times miss that opportunity?
Dum Bom is the one that's making me giggle.

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Re: Bibi Andersson (1935-2019)

#12 Post by artfilmfan » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:14 pm

Very sad news. I really like her performance in Persona. She was also one of my favorite Bergman regulars.

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Re: Bibi Andersson (1935-2019)

#13 Post by domino harvey » Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:37 pm

Wait, Lustgården / the Pleasure Garden was written by Bergman and Erland Josephson under the nom de plume of "Buntel Ericsson"!

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Unfortunately there are no English subs for it on back channels, but how did that pass me by?

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Re: Bibi Andersson (1935-2019)

#14 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:25 am

The Passion of Anna is one of my favourite Bergman films, for the performances of Andersson and Von Sydow, especially in the scenes surrounding the axe attack.

She had an interesting flurry of US films in the late 70s: she's in Robert Altman's Quintet, an adaptation of An Enemy of the People with Steve McQueen, and as a psychoanalyst in the interesting looking I Never Promised You A Rose Garden which also features very early roles for Kathleen Quinlan and Dennis Quaid.

Plus, ahem, getting it on with George Kennedy in The Concorde...Airport '79!

Most recently she was in those Arn: The Knight Templar films and subsequent TV series.

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Re: Bibi Andersson (1935-2019)

#15 Post by Aunt Peg » Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:43 am

colinr0380 wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:25 am
The Passion of Anna is one of my favourite Bergman films, for the performances of Andersson and Von Sydow, especially in the scenes surrounding the axe attack.

She had an interesting flurry of US films in the late 70s: she's in Robert Altman's Quintet, an adaptation of An Enemy of the People with Steve McQueen, and as a psychoanalyst in the interesting looking I Never Promised You A Rose Garden which also features very early roles for Kathleen Quinlan and Dennis Quaid.

Plus, ahem, getting it on with George Kennedy in The Concorde...Airport '79!

Most recently she was in those Arn: The Knight Templar films and subsequent TV series.
I Never Promised You A Rose Garden is actually very good and Andersson (& Quinlan) are very good. I really wish someone would restore it and give it the Blu Ray treatment it deserved.

Bibi Andersson was one of my favourite 'Bergman' actors. Its most distressing to read that she suffered a stroke in 2009 and was left unable to speak. Its so heartbreaking.

I sometimes check actors on imdb so see what they have been doing if I haven't seen them in anything for along time and of course some stop working (in cinema or TV anyway) for all sorts of reasons.

Must watch Persona yet again in honour of a wonderful actress.

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Re: Bibi Andersson (1935-2019)

#16 Post by RobertB » Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:25 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:37 pm
Wait, Lustgården / the Pleasure Garden was written by Bergman and Erland Josephson under the nom de plume of "Buntel Ericsson"!

Unfortunately there are no English subs for it on back channels, but how did that pass me by?
This prompted me to do a list of films based on Bergman's scripts. I have posted it in the Bergman thread.

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Re: Bibi Andersson (1935-2019)

#17 Post by hearthesilence » Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:46 pm

colinr0380 wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:25 am
The Passion of Anna is one of my favourite Bergman films, for the performances of Andersson and Von Sydow...
I forgot about that one. I actually have some mixed feelings about it, but there is still much to like about it and that includes Andersson. She is wonderful in that role, and she has some beautiful moments with von Sydow in a film that's otherwise very harrowing.

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Re: Bibi Andersson (1935-2019)

#18 Post by mteller » Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:19 pm

Let's not overlook her dual role in Wild Strawberries. Utterly charming.

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Re: Bibi Andersson (1935-2019)

#19 Post by Apollinaire » Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:41 am

mteller wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:19 pm
Let's not overlook her dual role in Wild Strawberries. Utterly charming.
I was just thinking about Wild Strawberries. Her roles in that one are brilliant.

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Re: Passages

#20 Post by dadaistnun » Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:03 am

hearthesilence wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:15 pm
...so much of her film legacy rests on Persona, but it is one of THE great performances in film history, and it stands as a towering achievement even within Bergman's filmography, which has no shortage of great performances.
Her passing prompted me to watch Persona again for the first time in over a decade, and I couldn't agree more.

Also: I had forgotten how terrifying this film is! That overwhelming sense of mental breakdown, and the push-pull of fighting to keep a grip on a sense of self....jfc.

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Re: Bibi Andersson (1935-2019)

#21 Post by hearthesilence » Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:10 am

Absolutely. It's all the more impressive when you consider that Andersson has perhaps 95% of the words in the film. Granted, monologues and one-person shows aren't exactly rare for actors, so it wouldn't surprise me if she didn't feel the least bit intimidated by that fact, but it also means any potential missteps in her performance would be much more damaging to the film. Fortunately, it's one of the most celebrated works in film history, and that's an enormous testament to what she achieved in her performance.

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Re: Bibi Andersson (1935-2019)

#22 Post by artfilmfan » Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:19 pm

Aunt Peg wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:43 am

Bibi Andersson was one of my favourite 'Bergman' actors. Its most distressing to read that she suffered a stroke in 2009 and was left unable to speak. Its so heartbreaking.
That is so heartbreaking indeed. After all, in what might be her greatest (professional) performance, in Persona, she was the one who did the speaking (whereas Liv Ullmann did not). I can't imagine what it must have been like for her to suddenly lose the ability to speak.

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