Ingmar Bergman: Truth and Lies

Ingmar Bergman

“I think I came off best by turning myself into a liar. I created an external person who had very little to do with the real me. As I didn’t know how to keep my creation and my person apart, the damage had consequences for my life and creativity far into adulthood. I have to console myself with the fact that he who has lived a lie loves the truth.” – Ingmar Bergman

The Academy presented the world premiere of a new exhibition, organized in cooperation with the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin, which delved into the central themes and motifs of Bergman’s body of work. For the first time since his death in 2007, the Bergman Foundation in Stockholm granted unprecedented broad access to the personal papers of the legendary Swedish director, allowing for a detailed examination of his life and vast creative output.

These original scripts, notebooks, film schedules, sketches, posters, photographs and other paper materials were augmented by objects from several other personal and institutional collections, including set models and costumes. “Truth and Lies” provided a unique insight into Bergman’s film and theater work and his sometimes turbulent personal life, with sections devoted to his early creative efforts, his ascent as an artist and his struggles with faith. The exhibition’s film projections and specially created montages allowed the visitor to delve into the full range of his work, from his earliest films to his major international successes.

Bergman received nine Oscar nominations for writing, directing or producing, and was presented with the Academy’s Irving G. Thalberg Award in 1970. Three of his films won statuettes for Best Foreign Language Film (“The Virgin Spring,” “Through a Glass Darkly” and “Fanny & Alexander”).

Deutsche KinemathekOrganized by the Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin, in association with the Academy. Additional loan items come from the Swedish Film Institute, the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Swedish Television (SVT), the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library and several of Bergman’s friends and creative collaborators.

Presented in collaboration with the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, Svensk Filmindustri, the Swedish Film Institute, the Swedish Institute, Swedish Television and the Royal Dramatic Theatre Stockholm.


Presented with the support of the Swedish Embassy, Washington, D.C., Lufthansa Cargo and the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles.


Exhibition Information

September 16 through December 12, 2010
The Academy’s Fourth Floor Gallery


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