The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman
(Li’l Beethoven - LBRCD5) CD $30.00
Commissioned by Sveriges Radio to write and produce an original radio musical, Sparks created an hour-long musical fantasy based on the internationally acclaimed film director. Though his films’ themes have traditionally centered on matters of death, faith, God’s existence, and the struggle to find love and meaning in life, in the Maels’ musical, Bergman confronts the lure of a mythological Hollywood seemingly at odds with all he stands for — a Hollywood that tempts him and ultimately tries to control him. What starts as an exploration by Bergman of the possible mutual benefits of his working in Hollywood turns into a Kafkaesque nightmare, one that ends with the aid of a most unlikely savior. Linen-wrapped edition with a 32-page booklet featuring exclusive images originally produced for the Los Angeles Film Festival, first available at Ford Amphitheatre on June 25, 2011.