World Cinema, Ingmar Bergman Foundations work for restoration

Mumbai: Newly restored and never seen before footage of Ingmar Bergman at work, shooting on the set of Sawdust And Tinsel (1953), was screened yesterday in front of the Cannes Classics presentation of the World Cinema Foundation’s restoration of Metin Erksan’s Turkish classic Susuz Yaz (1964).

The six minute preview teaser coincided with the announcement that the World Cinema Foundation and the Ingmar Bergman Foundation are supporting a joint project to preserve, restore and reveal rare behind-the-scenes footage from Bergman’s extraordinary and extensive personal archive of material ranging across his career.

The World Cinema Foundation will fund the restoration, editing, and commentary of more than 14 hours of behind-the-scenes footage for a total of 18 Bergman titles, ranging from Sawdust And Tinsel in 1953 through The Seventh Seal, Persona, Cries And Whispers and After The Rehearsal in 1984.

The majority of the footage is of Ingmar Bergman at work, but also included are scenes of a more personal matter.