Michael Tapperknuten till universitetet, Filosofie doktor, anknuten forskare, Medarbetare i Nationalencyklopedin, Filosofie magisterexamen
Jag har avslutat ett forskningsprojekt om Ingmar Bergmans idag bortglömda tv-serie Ansikte mot ansikte (1976, klippt och distribuerad som biograffilm utanför Sverige). Det har resulterat i boken Ingmar Bergman's 'Face to Face', som utges i september 2017 på Wallflower Press och distribueras av Columbia University Press. Så här presenterar jag den i bokens baksidestext:
The 1976 premiere of Face to Face came at the height of director-screenwriter Ingmar Bergman’s career. Prestigious awards and critical acclaim had made him into a leading name in European art cinema. Yet today Face to Face is a largely overlooked and dismissed work. This book tells the story of its rise and fall.
It presents a new portrait of Bergman as a political artist exploring a new medium with huge public impact: TV. Inspired by Henrik Ibsen, feminism and alternative psychotherapy, he made a series of portraits of the modern bourgeois family focusing on the plight of women. Face to Face followed in the tracks of The Lie (1970) and Scenes from a Marriage (1973).
By his workbooks, engagement planners and other archival material we can trace his investigation into the heart of the repressive family structures to eventually glimpse a way out. The book culminates in an extensive study of the two-year process from the first outlines of the screenplay to the reception and aftermath of Face to Face. Hereby, the book offers a unique insight into Bergman’s world, his ideas and artistry, during a turbulent time in cinema history.