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Jan. 25, 2007

Ingmar Bergman Films Will Be Shown At The UI Tuesday Evenings In February

Four films from the legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman will be shown with live music Tuesday evenings in February as part of the University of Iowa's Scandinavian/Nordic Fest.

The festival, most of it taking place during February, will feature different aspects of Scandinavian arts and culture. It was initiated by the Maia Quartet, the string quartet-in-residence at the UI School of Music. Consequently, most events feature musical performances or have a strong musical component.

The four Bergman films -- three known collectively as "The Trilogy," plus the haunting "Autumn Sonata" -- will be presented at 7 p.m. each Tuesday of the month in a new state-of-the-art auditorium, Room 240 of Art Building West. The four films and their dates of presentation are:

--Feb. 6: "Through A Glass Darkly_" with music by Anthony Arnone, cello.

--Feb. 13: "Winter Light."

--Feb. 20: "The Silence" with music from the Maia Quartet.

--Feb. 27: "Autumn Sonata."

The film screenings will be free and open to the public.

"The Trilogy" is considered one of the major achievements of Swedish film and stage director Ingmar Bergman's brilliant career. Created in rapid succession in the early 1960s, the trio of films examine the challenges of faith and existence in the 20th century.

"Autumn Sonata" brings Ingmar and Ingrid Bergman together for their one collaboration. Using the music of Chopin, Bach and Handel, the 1978 film explores the emotional depths of mother-daughter relations. Both Ingrid Bergman and co-star Liv Ullmann give tour-de-force performances.

Intermedia faculty member Jon Winet, the film series coordinator, comments: "These films are among the most riveting in all of film history. Stunning cinematography and devastatingly strong acting performances help Bergman fully realize his vision in these extraordinary works.

"The three films that make up the 'Trilogy' are transcendentally inspiring and take their place rightfully alongside Renoir's 'Rules of the Game,' Fellini's 'Juliet of the Spirits' and Carl Dreyer's 'The Passion of Joan of Arc.' And in 'Autumn Sonata,' what a treat to see Ingrid Bergman in an Ingmar Bergman film!"

"We're thrilled to be presenting these films with live performances by top-flight classical musicians from the UI faculty. This is only fitting, as 'The Trilogy' has the rigor and brilliance of a string quartet and 'Autumn Sonata' celebrates the depth of a musician's soul."

The UI quartet in residence since 1998, the Maia Quartet has established itself nationally with performances in major concert venues including Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Aspen Music Festival. The Maia Quartet has a Web page, with bios and photos of the ensemble, at

A founding member of the Meriden Trio and the Sedgwick String Quartet, Anthony Arnone was principal cellist of the Madison Symphony in Wisconsin, 1996-2001. He has taught and performer across the country, and joined the UI music faculty in 2001. For more information, see

The "Scandinavian/Nordic Fest" is a collaborative project of the Maia Quartet and other campus organizations, including the UI School of Music, the Department of Dance, the Department of Theatre Arts and the School of Art and Art History. Details of Scandinavian/Nordic Fest events, including times, locations and programs, may be found at

Events in the Scandinavian/Nordic Fest are supported in part by grants from the University of Iowa/Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program, Humanities Iowa, Iowa Arts Council and Chamber Music America.

The School of Music and the School of Art and Art History are units of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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