Michael Tapperaffiliated with the university, Doctor of Philosophy (film), affiliated researcher, Reader/Assistant Professor, , , , , Master Degree
I have just finished working on a project about Ingmar Bergman's now forgotten film Face to Face (1976, shown in an extended cut as a TV series in Sweden). My resluts are presented in the book Ingmar Bergman's 'Face to Face',published in October 2017 by Wallflower Press and distributed by Columbia University Press. The presentation the book on its back cover is as follows:
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.
My next project is titled MAN – MACHINE – FILM and will be about the relationship between man and technology on film.