Bergman Exhibition “Truth and Lies” to World Premiere at the Academy

Beverly Hills, CA (September 7, 2010) — “Ingmar Bergman: Truth and Lies,” an exhibition that delves into the career and personal life of the legendary Swedish director, will have its world premiere at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Thursday, September 16. Organized by the Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin, in association with the Academy, the exhibition, which is open to the public, will run through December 12. Admission is free.

In preparation for the first major exhibition since the director’s death in 2007, the Bergman Foundation in Stockholm has granted unprecedented access to Bergman’s personal papers, allowing for an in-depth examination of his life and vast creative output.

“Truth and Lies” will provide unique insights into Bergman’s film, theater work and 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 will allow the visitor to delve into the full range of his work, from his earliest films to his major international successes. Original scripts, notebooks, film schedules, sketches, posters, photographs and other paper materials will be accompanied by items such as set models and costumes.

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

Exhibition items are on loan from the Swedish Film Institute, the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Swedish Television, the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library and several of Bergman’s friends and creative collaborators.  

After its run in Los Angeles, the exhibition will travel to the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin as part of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival’s celebration of Bergman’s work.

In conjunction with “Ingmar Bergman: Truth and Lies,” the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Film Department and the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles are each presenting special film screening series. LACMA’s series, “Cries and Whispers: The Psychological Cinema of Ingmar Bergman,” will feature such films as “The Seventh Seal” (1957), “Fanny & Alexander” (1982), and “The Touch” (1971), which will be followed by a conversation with its star Elliott Gould. The Goethe-Institut’s “Bergman and Germany” will highlight Bergman’s life and career in Germany with such titles as “Scenes from a Marriage” (1974) and “From the Life of the Marionettes” (1980).  

For tickets to LACMA screenings, visit

For tickets to Goethe-Institut screenings, visit or call the Goethe-Institut at (323) 525-3388.

The Academy’s Fourth Floor Gallery is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills and is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m. The gallery will be closed for the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend (November 25 through 28).

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