Ingmar Bergman turns 87

Just when you thought it was safe to back to the movies, Ingmar Bergman, the great Swedish film director (Wild Strawberries, left, Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal) is back with a new film (actually it was shot years ago, but nevermind) Saraband, a sort of follow-up to his 1972 Scenes From a Marriage.

Today Salon.com considers the relevance of the soon-to-be (on Thursday) 87-year old director... "The new art-house audience has been nurtured on a pop-culture smorgasbord of music videos, '70s and '80s sitcoms, horror movies and mock-serious cartoons....Bergman's demanding and often painful dramas -- stemming, as they do, from Strindberg, Sartre and the A-bomb, from the 20th century's existential and spiritual crisis -- are now dreaded as much as respected."

Meanwhile, TIME magazine reviewer, Richard Corliss, an unapologetic Bergman fan, talks with Saraband star, Liv Ullman, about her life with Bergman.