And since then, all his films he shot outside Sweden.I first met Ingmar Bergman about fifteen years ago. Lars he knew long ago that they both do not remember when met for the first time. Both began a theatrical career in Malmo, in southern Sweden.Copenhagen is so close to Sweden, which once Lara and Ingmar made a trip to Denmark just to see the play. Night fell, and Ingmar said he could sleep only in Sweden. "But you can see here - protested Lara. - It's very close. " It's useless. Ingmar was not going to spend the night in a foreign country.Lars never had to deal with such a violent patriot. When I met Ingmar the Swedish Embassy in Paris, he showed his staging of "Saga" written by another Swedish Bergman, the late Hjalmar.Outside their country Ingmar was not feeling very comfortable, and I thought he was like a fine wine, does not take trips. I remember how we all went to the theater Sarah Bernhardt to see Bibi Anderson. Then Ingmar returned to Sweden. We never managed to exchange a single word.A few years later we met Lars and Ingmar for lunch in Stockholm. This time between us instantly establish mutual admiration. Lars had to go back to his office, and we are still almost an hour Ingmar continued to chat. Before parting, he said that I have to act in his film.I was very pleased that he brought it up. I would never have dared to raise the subject, because I knew that in the theater, and film, he worked with his permanent company, with its operators and technicians.He was talking about the book of our namesake Yal Mara Bergman and noticed that it would be fun to combine the three people with the surname Bergman who have no relationship, in one film. With regard to this plan, we exchanged a few letters. And then he decided that he himself wrote the original screenplay for the film.But I soon found out that he became a director of our Royal Dramatic Theater, and, of course, stalled our plans. I sent him my congratulations and film Mister Pitkin
and expressed regret that now he will not have time for our film. His response was as follows: "It was burned with a hot iron on my forehead. The film will be shot with Ingrid certainly. "More of it I did not get any news. A few years later I was invited to become chairman of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. Before leaving Cannes, I was cleaning out all the drawers in the room, throwing out the accumulated letters - I, like protein, whole life keep all as a reserve. My eye caught a letter Ingmar decade ago.I knew that he was in Cannes as a guest, and showed his film "Cries and Whispers" out of competition. Look online
. I made a copy of the letter, and below attributed: "I do not with anger or bitterness comes back to you this letter. Just want to show how fast time flies. " In Cannes, I saw him in the crowd of reporters and journalists, squeezed him and said:- I put a letter in your pocket. - What can not I do it now? - He laughed. - No, look, when you arrive home. The crowd then took it from me. It took another two years. I was with Lars on the island.