Ingmar Bergman Archives

Documentary heritage submitted by Sweden and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2007.

© Ingmar Bergman Foundation
Detail of screenplay for the Seventh Seal (1957). Photo: Anders Roth.

The Ingmar Bergman Archives document the work of one of the most outstanding film directors of the 20th century. In 1997 Ingmar Bergman won the “Palm of Palms” award at the Cannes Film Festival. Furthermore the holdings reflect the career of one of Europe's most innovative and prolific stage directors, whose work has also extended to directing operas and radio plays. He is also acknowledged as a major writer: his screenplays and autobiography Laterna Magica (The Magic Lantern) have been translated into more than 30 languages. The archives include hand and type-written original manuscripts, drafts, notebooks, production papers, photographs and behind-the-scenes-footage from the shooting of his films, and private and professional correspondence. 

The archives originate from the donation in 2002 by Ingmar Bergman himself of his entire personal collection, covering some 65 years of artistic creation, to the Swedish Film Institute. Following the donation, the Film Institute set up Stiftelsen Ingmar Bergman/the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, together with the Royal Dramatic Theatre, AB Svensk Filmindustri and AB Sveriges Television as co-founders. Its objective is to administrate and preserve and to provide information about Ingmar Bergman’s collected artistic works.

The Foundation website, “Ingmar Bergman Face to Face”, was voted Swedish Cultural Site of the Year in 2005. An English version will be available in 2006. The website contains selected digitized images from the script collection.

  • Year of submission: 2007
  • Year of inscription: 2007
  • Country: Sweden
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