Report Says Swedish Film Director Ingmar Bergman Is Dead

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Local media are reporting the death of Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman, who is widely regarded as one of the great masters of modern cinema. He was 89-years-old.

Swedish news agency TT says it got word from Bergman's daughter that he died at his home in Faro, Sweden.

Through more than 50 films, Bergman, who approached difficult subjects such as plague and madness with inventive technique and carefully honed writing, became one of the towering figures of serious filmmaking.

During a 70th birthday tribute, Woody Allen called Bergman "probably the greatest film artist, all things considered, since the invention of the motion picture camera."

His 1957 movie, "The Seventh Seal," riveted critics and audiences. The tale of the medieval Black Plague contains one of cinema's most famous scenes -- a knight playing chess with the shrouded figure of Death.

At the time, Bergman said he was "terribly scared of death."

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