Demons Hate Fresh Air

My father was a very disciplined and punctual man; it was a prerequisite for his creativity…. No matter what time you get out of bed, go for a walk and then work, he’d say, because the demons hate it when you get out of bed, demons hate fresh air.

Linn Ullmann talking about her father Ingmar Bergman. Via Matt Thomas.

The Seventh Seal

Det Sjunde Inseglet (The Seventh Seal). First time I’d seen anything from Ingmar Bergman. Strange reaction to this one: when I was watching it, I wasn’t swept away. It was good, shot beautifully, funnier than I expected, etc. etc. But afterward, I kept thinking about it, turning it over, remembering scenes. Those ideas of morality, religion, existence, fear, and vulnerability in a meaningless universe have some staying power. You can definitely see why Woody Allen loves his work. Allen recommends starting with this one, Wild Strawberries, The Magician, Cries and Whispers, and Persona.