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Ingmar Bergman: a life in dates

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Here are the key dates in the life of Sweden's cinema master Ingmar Bergman:
- July 14, 1918: He is born into a Protestant family in Uppsala, north of Stockholm.
- 1946: Release of his first film, "Crisis", a family drama set in a quiet village.
- 1957-1958: Wins the Jury prize at Cannes for "The Seventh Seal"; "Wild Strawberries" picks up the Golden Bear in Berlin.
- 1963-1966: He is director of Stockholm's Theatre Royal, where he stages more than 40 plays.
- 1971: Awarded an honorary Oscar for his work.
- 1972: "Cries and Whispers" wins an Oscar for cinematography.
- 1973: His six-part television series "Scenes from a Marriage" is broadcast in Sweden and becomes a classic in Bergman's repertoire.
- 1976: Accused of tax fraud, Bergman is cleared but exiles himself to Munich. Shoots "The Serpents' Egg" about Nazism.
- 1982: He wins four Oscars for "Fanny and Alexander", including best foreign film. Bergman announces he is finished with cinema and will dedicate himself to television and theatre.
- 1997: Wins the "Palme des palmes" prize at Cannes, the only time such an award has been given at the film festival.
- 2003: Returns to cinema with "Saraband", originally made for television but also given a theatrical release.
- July 30, 2007: Bergman dies on Swedish island of Faro, the setting of many of his films and where he spent much of his life in solitude.

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