Gunnar Fischer


Director Of Photography

About

Birth Place
Ljungby, , SE
Born
November 18, 1910
Died
June 11, 2011

Biography

Distinguished cinematographer, best known for his work on Ingmar Bergman's early films. Fischer's sometimes subdued, sometimes stark, black-and-white photography produced some of the most impressive images of the 1950s, in films such as "Smiles of a Summer Night" (1955), "The Seventh Seal" and "Wild Strawberries" (both 1957). Son Peter Fischer is also a cinematographer....

Biography

Distinguished cinematographer, best known for his work on Ingmar Bergman's early films. Fischer's sometimes subdued, sometimes stark, black-and-white photography produced some of the most impressive images of the 1950s, in films such as "Smiles of a Summer Night" (1955), "The Seventh Seal" and "Wild Strawberries" (both 1957). Son Peter Fischer is also a cinematographer.

Life Events

1935

Joined Svensk Filmindustri as a second cameraman for Julius Jaenzon, Ake Dahlqvist and Martin Bodin

1935

First film as assistant cameraman, "Smalanninger/People of Smaland"

1942

First film as cinematographer, "Det ar min musik/It Is My Music"

1948

First teamed with Ingmar Bergman on "Port of Call"

1951

Once again teamed with Bergman for "Summer Interlude"

1953

Teamed with Bergman for a third time on "Summer With Monika"

1957

Re-teamed with Bergman for "Wild Strawberries"

1957

Worked with director Ingmar Bergman on "The Seventh Seal"

1958

Once again was the cinematographer for Bergman's "The Magician"

1960

Final film as Ingmar Bergman's cinematographer, "The Devil's Eye"

Videos

Movie Clip

Magician, The (1958) - Weak Vessels And Weak Souls Detained in a provincial town, Max Von Sydow (Vogler, title character) with his troupe (Ingrid Thulin, Ake Fridell), is grilled by the doctor (Gunnar Bjornstrand), who doesn’t believe he’s mute, Toivo Pawlo the cop, Erland Josephson and Gertrud Fridh the friendlier hosts, in Ingmar Bergman’s The Magician, 1958.
Seventh Seal, The (1956) - I'm In Dull Company Distracted from his chess game with Death, returned crusader Block (Max Von Sydow) has watched but not yet met dazzling young mother and actor Mia (Bibi Andersson) and her anxious husband Jof (Nils Poppe), discussing their prospects together, in Ingmar Bergman’s celebrated The Seventh Seal, 1957
Seventh Seal, The (1957) - You Drew Black Returning Crusader Antonius Block (Max Von Sydow) awakens to a visit from Death (Bengt Ekerot), and proposes a game of chess, opening Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal, 1957.
Seventh Seal, The (1957) - With Loathing And Horror Antonius Block (Max Von Sydow) the returning crusader, comes upon a chapel and confesses, not recognizing the priest (Bengt Ekerot), in Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal, 1957.
Seventh Seal, The (1957) - God Is Punishing Us The penitents arrive in the village, interrupting the actors, Block (Max Von Sydow), Jons (Gunnar Bjornstrand) et al watching, and a monk (Anders Ek) with a tirade, in Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal, 1957.
Secrets Of Women (1952) - With Jesus Or The Grandchildren Following a brief introduction, of women on vacation with kids, awaiting their husbands, writer-director Ingmar Bergman begins his story, five principal characters in one shot, Maj-Britt Nilsson in the foreground, Aino Taube as older Annette, reflecting, with Eva Dahlbeck, Anita Bjork as Rakel, Gerd Andersson as teen Maj, in Secrets Of Women, 1961.
Secrets Of Women (1952) - I'll Have To Show Some Courage Rakel (Anita Bjork) has finished a long flashback about her marriage, as writer-director Ingmar Bergman returns to his vacationing women at the kitchen table, Eva Dahlbeck, older Aino Taube and young Gerd Andersson listening as Marta (Maj-Britt Nilsson) begins her own recollection, the second segment of Secrets Of Women, 1961.
Summer With Monika (1953) - You May Kiss Me On their first date which she initiated, Harriet Andersson (title character) with pliable Harry (Lars Ekborg), early in director and co-writer Ingmar Bergman's tale of young working class Stockholmers, Summer With Monika, 1953.
Summer With Monika (1953) - What Nice Long Legs Harriet Andersson (title character) has thrown a tantrum and left her parents' place, leaving new boyfriend Harry (Lars Ekborg) to improvise shelter for her, in his father's boat, early earthiness in director Ingmar Bergman's provocative Summer With Monika, 1953.
Wild Strawberries (1957) - My Name Is Isak Borg First jarring then absorbing in its candor, director Ingmar Bergman’s opening from his original screenplay, narrated by Victor Sjostrom as Professor Borg, leading to the credits, from the internationally celebrated Wild Strawberries, 1957.
Wild Strawberries (1957) - A Very Unpleasant Dream Immediately after the credits, Victor Sjostrom as aging Professor Borg having introduced himself by narration in the opening, then the first part of the first dream sequence, from writer-director Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries, 1957.
Wild Strawberries (1957) - Even Clearer Images Of Memory Having spontaneously stopped at the his family’s old country vacation home, dismissing his daughter-in-law (Ingrid Thulin), Professor Isak Borg recalls his youth, his cousin Sara (Bibi Andersson) and eldest brother (Per Sjostrand), in Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries, 1957.

Family

Peter Fischer
Son
Director of photography.

Bibliography