Ingmar Bergman and the welfare state

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Two discourses have more than others dominated foreign apprehension of Sweden in the post-war period: the development of the Swedish model welfare state and the films of Ingmar Bergman. This research project is aimed at studying how these two discourses relate to each other, as expressed by the films of Bergman themselves, the huge corpus of scholarship surrounding them, and the reception, domestic as well as foreign. In the films of Bergman, as I regard them, the philosophical foundations of modern Swedish society is radically challenged.


Research areas and keywords

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  • Arts


  • auteurism versus culture, faith and knowledge, utopian landscapes. post-utopian landscapes, Ingmar Bergman, Swedish Welfare State, post-utopian European cinema
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-59
JournalFilm International
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Publication categoryResearch