Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Piece of Swedish Film History Now for Sale

Bordering sand dunes and the Baltic Sea, surrounded by meadows and a pine forest, the secluded island home of Sweden's most famous film director is now up for sale. Christie's Great Estates is handling the sale of the home of the late Ingmar Bergman and won't put a price tag on it yet. But the famous filmmaker's home is estimated to be worth up to four million euros (roughly 5.4 million dollars).

Where will you find this secluded 84-acre property, where Bergman's "Scenes from a Marriage" was shot? On the island of Fårö, which I had the pleasure to cycle across in 2007. It was an ironic trip, as Bergman passed away 2 days before I made it to his favorite Swedish isle. You can hear a podcast about that cycling adventure here.

Bergman was drawn to Fårö for its isolated and unspoiled countryside (there are no banks, hospitals, police stations or McDonald's on Fårö), lived there for 4 decades and was buried there.

In addition to "Scenes from a Marriage," Bergman's films Through a Glass Darkly, Hour of the Wolf, The Passion of Anna and Persona and Shame were also filmed on Fårö.

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