The Thinking Machine #51


In their series The Thinking Machine, critics Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin create a new video essay for De Filmkrant every month.

No one has ever written a book titled The Cinema of Wallpaper. No one ever will. But if they did, a large chapter would need to be devoted to Ingmar Bergman. In his films, wallpaper lives: it breathes, talks, whispers, calls to people … There is a biographical resonance to this as well, as Linn Ullmann (daughter of Bergman & Liv Ullmann) expresses so powerfully in her 2015 memoir, Unquiet. Using fragments from Through a Glass Darkly (1961) and Face to Face (1976), we enter the reverie of wallpaper in cinema…