Bergman hates to watch

In a rare interview on Swedish television, reclusive film director Ingmar Bergman has said he hates to watch his own movies and regrets that his fame has meant that collaborators are afraid to give him honest criticism.

In a rare interview on Swedish television, reclusive film director Ingmar Bergman has said he hates to watch his own movies and regrets that his fame has meant that collaborators are afraid to give him honest criticism.

“I don’t watch my own films very often. I become so jittery and ready to cry … and miserable. I think it’s awful,” Bergman said in the documentary on public service network SVT.

Bergman, 85, described painful memories from his childhood and his fear of death, but also recalled being drunk at a film rehearsal in Munich, a day after celebrating receiving the French Legion of Honour in 1985 with plenty of champagne.

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