The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman (64:33)

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The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman is a musical composed by the Sparks brothers Ron Mael and Russel Mael the summer 2009 on commission from Sveriges radio (Swedish National Radio). It premiered semi-live on Södra Teatern in Stockholm aug. 14th 2009 and on air and online radio the same day. Also a cd was released the same day.

Sveriges Radio has a lot of extra material on the show at http://www.sr.se/sida/gruppsida.aspx?programid=965&grupp=8411

The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman

By Ron Mael and Russell Mael

What does the typical Swede consider typically American? Hamburgers? Guns? Brad Pitt?

Similarly, what does the typical American consider typically Swedish? IKEA? Volvo? If you’re not exactly typically American, perhaps Ingmar Bergman.

When we were approached by Sveriges Radio (Swedish National Radio) to write a radio musical for them, we considered the possible subject matters that would be able to incorporate the use of the Swedish language (a requirement) and chose the slightly less than typically American choice of Ingmar Bergman.

Bergman and Bergman’s films are known in America, but known mainly by older intellectuals. Neither Russell or I consider ourselves a part of either of those groups, (old or intellectual) but we were familiar with much of Bergman’s work in film from our university years when cinema was considered a legitimate art form and Bergman was considered a master.

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