Individuation In Bergman's Film

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Bergman writes tragedies. It is the tragedy of reality and dreams and the realization of such dreams in realities that is given a distinct impressionistic understanding in his cinema. The fragility of human suffering, loneliness, aggression and rage, the dissipation of love, the claustrophobic need of belonging to a faith and the imbued violence of indifference, can be considered to be some of the various realities that Bergman captures in his cinema. There is this dislocated and disjointed world that he describes in terms of human relationships and the metaphysical permutation of God with an utterly godless universe. What become particularly evident is the absence and the constant yearning for the necessity of love, tenderness, compassion and togetherness. Individuals caught in the vortex of violence, desperately striving to liberate themselves or to succumb to it and inevitably becoming a part of it. The process of individuation and the trajectory of human misery are given considerable importance in the conceptualization of sexual identity and the empowerment of the silences. It is his depiction of the women in his films that comes close in elucidating on this ideology of marginalization. Rather than prioritizing women as individuals contesting with men for the fundamentals of existence, Bergman conceive them as identities caught in a continuous process. They never acquire a compact wholesomeness and that makes them susceptible to an ongoing

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