Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Controversy over the Bergman Estate in Faro

The secluded island home where Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman spent his final years is up for sale.

The property brochures states that Bergman first visited Fårö in 1960, in search of a location to shoot “Through a Glass Darkly.” In his memoir he wrote, “If one wished to be solemn, it could be said that I had found my real home; if one wished to be light hearted, it could be said that it was love at first sight."

Here's a travel story from the NY Times "The Enchanted Island That Bergman Called Home"

The estate has four dwellings and a private movie theater.

The Bergman Center Foundation is appealing for funds to buy the late Ingmar Bergman's estate on the Baltic Sea island of Faro and for the use of filmmakers and other artists. Originally this is what Bergman wanted, but later changed his mind and dictated in his will that the property be sold.

The sale, which is being handled by Christies and began on May 18, is facing serious opposition in Bergman’s native Sweden. There have been accusations that the Swedish government is not doing enough to preserve his legacy.

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