Ingmar Bergman was born in Uppsala Sweden on July 14, 1918. He went to Stockholm University where he learned to write and direct plays. He wrote his first screen play in 1944. Bergman achieved lasting fame with his dark films portraying themes of religious and psychological doubt, alienation and isolation. His 40 movies are considered the work of a distinguished master. They include The Seventh Seal (1957) and the trilogy of Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light and The Silence (1961 - 63).