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  • Archive Binge: He had one of the longest careers of any European film-maker, was remarkably consistent and made several movies, and many different kind of films. In addition to that he was a major theatre director and producer and some of his theatrical works exist on video records. So the full Bergman experience begins with checking out The Criterion Collection catalogue but even that is not complete.
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  • Mainstream Obscurity: Not in The '50s, The '60s and The '70s where his movies were widely seen and already part of Pop-Cultural Osmosis as more or less "the" arthouse director but since then, most people know Bergman by reputation and the Shout-Out in Woody Allen films more than anything else.
  • Nordic Noir: Bergman's works were a possible inspiration for and Ur-Example of the genre.
  • Shallow Parody: Ingmar Bergman parodies are usually just spoofing the Death playing chess scene from The Seventh Seal and the two women in extreme close-up talking to each other while not looking each other straight in the face from Persona (1966). It's such a Pop-Cultural Osmosis that most parodists haven't even seen the entirety of these films and just keep basing their Le Film Artistique spoofs on these two scenes.
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  • Tough Act to Follow: For Swedish and Scandinavian cinema as a whole. Many of the film-makers of The '60s and The '70s such as Bo Widerberg noted how Bergman was so big and representative, even if his films dealt with stuff (such as Crisis of Faith and other religious themes) that was actually not reflective of the very secular culture of Sweden.
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