Let Them Fight! Andrei Tarkovsky vs. Ingmar Bergman

Welcome to “Let Them Fight!”, where we pit two directors with similar backgrounds against one another and let YOU, the commenters decide on who reigns supreme! For an overview of past fights and what’s coming up, click here .

What to Consider

Obviously, which director do you think is better than the other? But what film of theirs proves your point. Remember, it isn’t so much about which film made the most money or was a critical darling, but in your mind which director is better than the other in terms of style, risk, scope, etc.

How I Tally the Votes

I look at the comments posted (only first comments, no replies) to see who they picked. I don’t count comments that don’t give a clear answer on who they chose. If you want your comment to count make sure it is not a reply to someone else’s comment and has a clear definite winner.

Now on to today’s foreign director fighters: Andrei Tarkovsky and Ingmar Bergman.


Andrei Tarkovsky

Date of Birth: April 4, 1932 (died; aged 54)

1950s/1960s Directorial Features: The Killers (1956), There Will be No Leave Today (1959), The Steamroller and the Violin (1961), Ivan’s Childhood (1962), Andrei Rublev (1966)

1970s/1980s Directorial Features: Solaris (1972), Mirror (1975), Stalker (1979), Nostalghia (1983), Voyage in Time (1983), The Sacrifice (1986)


Ingmar Bergman

Date of Birth: July 14, 1918 (died; aged 89)

1940s/1950s Directorial Features: Crisis (1946), It Rains on Our Love (1946), A Ship Bound for India (1947), Music in Darkness (1948), Port of Call (1948), Prison (1949), Thirst (1949), To Joy (1950), This Can’t Happen Here (1950), Summer Interlude (1951), Secrets of Women (1952), Summer with Monika (1953), Sawdust and Tinsel (1953), A Lesson in Love (1954), Dreams (1955), Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957), Brink of Life (1958), The Magician (1958)

1960s/1970s Directorial Features: The Virgin Spring (1960), The Devil’s Eye (1960), Through a Glass Darkly (1961), Winter Light (1963), The Silence (1963), All These Women (1964), Persona (1966), Stimulantia (1967), Hour of the Wolf (1968), Shame (1968), The Rite (1969), The Passion of Anna (1969), The Touch (1971), Cries and Whispers (1972), Scenes from a Marriage (1973), The Magic Flute (1975), Face to Face (1976), The Serpent’s Egg (1977), Autumn Sonata (1978)

1980s/1990s/2000s Directorial Features: From the Life of the Marionettes (1980), Fanny and Alexander (1982), After the Rehearsal (1984), The Blessed Ones (1986), In the Presence of a Clown (1997), Saraband (2003)


Alright, FIGHT!