The Swedish cinema legend Ingmar Bergman has died at the age of 89. The director of over 40 feature films, his work dealt with dark topics like sexual torment and the vain search for the meaning of life. His work gave Sweden a reputation for melancholy but elevated Bergman into one of the masters of modern movie-making.
Among his most revered productions are “Fanny and Alexander”, “The Seventh Seal”, and “Wild Strawberries.” Oscars for best foreign language film were won in 1960, 1961 and 1983 by Bergman, who began his career as a script writer and also worked extensively in the theatre.
A collection of his work was last month added to the UNESCO store of history’s greatest archives. Five times married, the director settled on Sweden’s Faro Island where he shot several films. His daughter Eva Bergman is quoted as saying he died peacefully at his home there.