Archive for April 7, 2012

Through Dark Glasses, Darkly

Posted in FILM with tags , , on April 7, 2012 by dcairns

So, via Facebook, David Hudson and Girish Shambu, I learn that Ingmar Bergman’s copious VHS collection contained a recording of THE BLUES BROTHERS.

Of course, I can top that — I’ve been through Lindsay Anderson’s tape collection, which contained several episodes of Spencer: For Hire.

But to return to the case of Bergman — cinephiles have long been aware of the powerful influence exerted on the Swedish master by the works of John Landis. Would HOUR OF THE WOLF even be conceivable without the example of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON? KARIN’S FACE is little more than a heartfelt homage to SUSAN’S PLAN. And in revisiting his characters from SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE years later in FROM THE LIFE OF THE MARIONETTES, Bergman betrayed the clear influence of the master’s BLUES BROTHERS 2000.