Hi lovelies, Beau here with something that plastered a big smile across my face today:
It's a fan letter from Stanley Kubrick to Ingmar Berman. Text after the jump...
February 9, 1960
Dear Mr Bergman,
You have most certainly received enough acclaim and success throughout the world to make this note quite unnecessary. But for whatever it's worth, I should like to add my praise and gratitude as a fellow director for the unearthly and brilliant contribution you have made to the world by your films (I have never been in Sweden and have therefore never had the pleasure fo seeing your theater work). Your vision of life has moved me deeply, such more deeply than I have ever been moved by my any films. I believe you are the greatest filmmaker at work today. Beyond that, allow me to say you are unsurpassed by anyone in the creation of mood and atmosphere, the subtlety of performance, the avoidance of the obvious, the truthfullness and completeness of characterization. To this one must also add everything else that goes into the making of a film. I believe you are blessed with wonderfull actors. Max von Sydow and Ingrid Thulin live vividly in my memory, and there are many others in your acting company whose names escape me. I wish you and all of them the very best of luck, and I shall look forward with eagerness to each of your films.
Best regards, Stanley Kubrick
Amidst all this Oscar brouhaha, it's always nice to see famed filmmakers who really found joy in each others work. Mutual admiration and respect, no gold statues required.
• What's your favorite film from either of these two cinematic heavyweights?
• If you could write one letter to a famed director of yesteryear, who would it be and why?
• Do you think the filmography of anyone currently working might eventually sustain the kind of longevity these two had?
Sound off in the comments.