14 August 2007
Woody on Bergman
I haven't said anything about the death of Bergman, because what can you really say about the death of one of your heroes? (other than to be an asshole--Rosenbaum, not Jim--who uses the occasion of an icon's death to sully his reputation...not a classy move) Thankfully, Woody Allen has said it all in his wonderful article in The New York Times.
I learned from his example to try to turn out the best work I’m capable of at that given moment, never giving in to the foolish world of hits and flops or succumbing to playing the glitzy role of the film director, but making a movie and moving on to the next one. Bergman made about 60 films in his lifetime, I have made 38. At least if I can’t rise to his quality maybe I can approach his quantity.