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Feb. 5, 2008

Second annual Bergman Film Series will be Wednesdays in February

The Intermedia Area of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, in collaboration with the Maia String Quartet and the Experimental Wing of the Virtual Writing University, will present the second annual Ingmar Bergman film series, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in February in Room 240 of the Art Building West on the UI campus.

A great success last year, the Bergman film series is being repeated this year with four films from the 1940s and '50s. Included on this year's program is Bergman's very first film, "Crisis," and "Wild Strawberries," one of his earliest master works and one of his most beloved films.

Each showing will be preceded by about 20 minutes of live music by the Maia Quartet. All performances are free and open to the public. The four films and their dates will be:

--Feb. 6 "Crisis"

--Feb. 13 "To Joy"

--Feb. 20 "Smiles of a Summer Night"

--Feb. 27 "Wild Strawberries"

Jon Winet, head of the Intermedia area, commented, "The first two films, 'Crisis' and 'To Joy,' are from the '40s, among Bergman's earliest works and likely to be of greatest interest to film historians and 'Bergmanophiles.' Given our intention to show all of his works over the next 15 or so years, it made sense to us to give them a screening at this point.

"The other two films, 'Smiles of a Summer Night' and especially 'Wild Strawberries,' are masterworks, more accessible to a general audience, and we think likely to appeal broadly."

For more information see http://www.uiowa.edu/~interart/special/bergman.html.

The resident string quartet at the UI School of Music since 1998, the Maia Quartet participates in a series of chamber music concerts on campus each year. Its members -- violinists Tricia Park and Zoran Jakovcic, violist Elizabeth Oakes and cellist Hannah Holman -- are all members of the School of Music faculty.

They took part in screening of Bergman films in 2007, during a festival of Scandinavian music that was organized and presented by the quartet.

Founded in 1990, the Maia Quartet has established itself nationally with performances in major concert halls including Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre in Washington, D.C., and Harris Hall at the Aspen Music Festival.

More information, including photos and bios of the individual members of the quartet, can be found online at http://www.maiaquartet.com.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Visit the UI School of Art and Art History Web site at www.uiowa.edu/~art/.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Visit the UI School of Music Web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072; cell: 319-541-2846; peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.