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Bergman legacy celebrated in Sweden

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The life and work of director Ingmar Bergman was celebrated in a ceremony at Stockholm’s Royal Dramatic Theatre yesterday.

Sweden’s film stars, politicians and members of the royal family gathered to remember the director, whose works influenced a generation of film makers.

Bergman, who died in his sleep on July 30 aged 89, enjoyed an illustrious career spanning 60 years.

The Swedish government has pledged financial support to ensure his films and scripts are preserved – there are too few copies of certain works, with the quality of others considered poor.

“The rich output of films and television drama contributed by Ingmar Bergman make up an important part of our cultural heritage,” Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Culture Minister Lena Alderson Liljeroth wrote in the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Bergman produced 54 movies, 126 theatre productions and 39 radio plays during his career.

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