Bergman had discovered the bleak, windswept island of Fårö while scouting locations for "Through a Glass Darkly" in 1960. Nearly a decade later, and after shooting a number of arresting dramas there, the director set out to pay tribute to the inhabitants of Fårö. In Fårö Document, shot on handheld 16 mm by the peerless Sven Nykvist, Bergman interviews a variety of locals, in the process laying bare the generational divide between young residents eager to leave the island and older folk more deeply rooted in bucolic tradition. The film revealed Bergman to be a sensitive and masterly documentarian.
(Directed by Ingmar Bergman, 1970, Sweden, Swedish with English subtitles, 88 min, Not Rated)