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Last Updated: Saturday, 18 August 2007, 14:09 GMT 15:09 UK
Bergman buried in quiet ceremony
Ingmar Bergman
Bergman's films won three Oscars and he had nine other nominations
Legendary film-maker Ingmar Bergman has been laid to rest in a private ceremony on his home island in the Baltic sea, Swedish media has reported.

He was buried in a plain wood coffin in the churchyard on the island of Faro, Sweden's TT news agency said.

A small circle of family and friends attended, according to newspaper Dagens Nyheter's online edition.

Bergman, who died aged 89, was one of the key figures in modern cinema and his acclaimed career spanned 60 years.

Bergman's remains were buried on a site that he had chosen at the cemetery, the family said in a statement, according to TT.

Bergman's children, Eva, Lena and Mats, and several of Bergman's closest friends, including actresses Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson and actor Peter Stormare attended Saturday's funeral as well as several local residents.

Bergman died at his home on Faro on 30 July. Relatives said he died peacefully in his sleep.

The director settled on Faro after using it as a location for several films.

His career included intense classics like Cries & Whispers, The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries.

He was personally nominated for nine Oscars between 1960 and 1984, while three of his productions won Oscars for best foreign film.

Bergman had five marriages and eight children, and his work often explored the tensions between married couples.

He once said: "My pictures are always part of my thinking, and my emotions, tensions, dreams, desires. Sometimes they appear from the past, sometimes they grow up from my present life."

In a 70th birthday tribute in 1988, Woody Allen said Bergman was "probably the greatest film artist, all things considered, since the invention of the motion picture camera".

But Bergman confessed in 2004 that he could not bear to watch his own films because they made him depressed.


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