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Video Essay: Bergman's Dreams

by John - updated on June 7, 2022

"Existing on the precipice of dreams and reality informs Bergman's cinema."

Several writers talk about their writing process as almost a kind of lucid dreaming, which makes sense, because a movie is basically a kind of a guided dream.  I have the distinct feeling of having awoken out of a dream when  a movie ends and the credits roll.  If dreams exist as a kind of psychological re-organizing of thoughts, memory and emotion, does cinema serve a similar purpose?


Do your dreams inform your screenwriting?  Where does your inspiration come from?


Below is a great video essay on Swedish director Ingmar Bergman's filmmaking style from our friends at The Criterion Collection.

For more inspiration, see our post 50 Inspirational Screenwriting Quotes 


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