On the fifth death anniversary of one of cinema’s greatest artist – Ingmar Bergman, Satyen K Bordoloi recollects his visit to the island of the master and believes than an ordinary man may not be an island but a genius can be.
Ingmar Bergman, arguably the world’s greatest cinematic and theatre artist, with five wives, 9 children and number of other relationships, had few constants in his life. Yet this man had a partner which, like in a good fairly tale or a bad romantic film, he fell in love at first sight and stayed loyal till his death, a relationship spanning 47 years.
That lover was not a person, but a place, Faro Island (read Fouro). And yet it occupied a ‘relationship’ space in his consciousness that was as intense as with a person. It became his muse, his workshop, a companion… and here even in its solitude he never felt alone though, by his own admission, he often felt lonely even in the hustle of the crowded Swedish capital, Stockholm.
Faro Island, and Bergman’s love of it and his living here in one of the most little inhabited islands in the world, makes me consider the man as an island concept. If a man is a genius, can he be an island?
Images from Faro island: Satyen K Bordoloi