If you don't know Woody Allen loves the films of Ingmar Bergman, you don't know much about Woody Allen. When I read that Bergman passed away on Monday, I actually thought about Allen and how upset he must be. But there's no reason to single Allen out. Many filmmakers were inspired and influenced by Bergman and so many were saddened by the loss of one of cinema's great masters. Online, there are two compilations of statements regarding Bergman's death. One by Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily and one (technically two, actually) by Roger Ebert. Of course, Woody Allen, who paid Bergman direct homage with his 1978 film Interiors, is present in both compilations. He offers us an honorable joke about Bergman's desire not to die on a very, very sunny day. He wrote, "I can only hope it was overcast and he got the weather he wanted."

Another person able to keep spirits high was Bibi Andersson, who acted in many of Bergman's films, including The Seventh Sealand Wild Strawberries. She admits to being sad, but points out that Bergman was old and we were prepared for this. Other collaborators paying tribute included actor Max von Sydow (also in both The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries) and Fanny and Alexanderproducer Jörn Donner. Ebert also give us older quotes from the late cinematographer Sven Nykvist (Oscar winner for Fanny and Alexander and Cries and Whispers) and actress Liv Ullman (Cries and Whispers; Autumn Sonata). Other more Bergman-related persons include Astrid Soderbergh Widding, who heads the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, and Cissi Elwing, who heads the Swedish Film Institute.

The rest include a variety of Bergman fans. Finke's compilation has filmmakers Bille August, who says he's in shock, Sir Richard Attenborough, Michael Apted and Andrzej Wajda, plus Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob. Ebert, who actually wrote his own tribute, which included statements and quotes from others, as well as a list of statements he received personally via email, gives us David Mamet, David Lean (another old quote, obviously), Haskell Wexler, Studs Terkel, Paul Cox, Paul Schrader, Richard Linklater, Gregory Nava, Guy Maddin, David Gordon Green, Paul Theroux, Sally Potter and film historian David Bordwell.

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