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The Director

The Director

(2008)
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Bergman's death in July 2007, and the re-release of his masterpiece "The Seventh Seal", established him as one of the most influential film-makers in the history of cinema. Already an international bestseller - with Bergman's fierce public denunciation of the book when it appeared in Sweden generated controversy and sales. A UK debut for a writer set to become a figure of European significance - he has already written successfully for screen, stage and bookshelf. He was a cinematic writer - films of 2 earlier novels are in production. This book provides a unique portrait of Bergman, taking facts from his own autobiographical writings and other family documents and passing them through the lens of Ahndoril's brilliant imagination. There is a media campaign to focus on film magazines and reaching out to cinephiles, as well as the usual broadsheet/ literary press.The Director is Ingmar Bergman; the time is 1961; and the setting is the shooting of "Winter Light", a film about how his life would have been, had he followed his father's wishes and become a priest.

As actors and crew gather to film this alternative destiny, Bergman tries to draw his father into the process, but quickly finds himself plunged back into the emotions of his childhood - both terrorised by his brutal and dominating father, and desperately longing for his approval - and reality gradually begins to crack and crumble, tipping him into a world of false memories and dangerous fantasies. Compelling and breathtakingly original, The Director mixes biographical fact with a wild kaleidoscopic imagination to reveal the boy and the man behind the great film-maker.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2008 : UK Hardback
Title: The Director
Author(s): Alexander Ahndoril
ISBN: 1-84627-047-2 / 978-1-84627-047-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd
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Paperback Editions

November 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: The Director
Author(s): Alexander Ahndoril
ISBN: 1-84627-048-0 / 978-1-84627-048-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd
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