The Hopeless Dream of Being: Unlocking Ingmar Bergman’s Persona and Finding Clues to Mulholland Drive

Ingmar Bergman Persona

“I like Bergman, but his films are so different,” says David Lynch at one point in Lynch on Lynch. “Sparse. Sparse dreams.” He’s just been effusively discussing how Fellini’s films make him dream, in magical and lyrical ways. Which leads him on to Bergman. Bergman’s work has another dream quality to it and Lynch gets …

Trying to Take Me Back Somewhere: The Proto-Lynchian Unease of Carnival of Souls

Carnival of Souls is a curio indeed. A 1962 low-budget American picture shot in black and white using mostly non-professional actors, it’s the sole feature by industrial filmmaker Herk Harvey. The staging is clumsy, the acting more so, and the narrative engine seems unsure of where it’s heading. And yet the magic of cinema is …