Considered as one of the greatest directors and filmmakers of the 20th century by many, Ingmar Bergman enjoys a special status in the Swedish film industry of Sweden as well as in the global film arena. In his long and prolific career, he directed more than 40 films, 3 of which won the prestigious Academy Awards. Claimed by Woody Allen to be "Probably the greatest film artist, all things considered, since the invention of the motion picture camera", he set new landmarks in the history of filmmaking through his sheer brilliance and deep understanding of human pathos. Realism is what he sought and conveyed through his movies and all his life, he made movies based on themes that people can associate (themselves) with. His technique was exceptional and groundbreaking, and also changed the common perception of people about films and character portrayal. Often dealing with diverse subjects, his movies reflected a constant transformation in his style and theme of works. Consequently, none of his movies were repetitive and hence, never faced the threat of becoming the run-of-the-mill. Today, his movies are highly regarded by filmmakers from all parts of the world and enjoy a cult status. To know more about this legendary film and theatre personality, read the biography below.