I was saddened today to hear that we have lost the great filmmaker, Ingmar Bergman. A friend sent me an email this morning with the subject line that read “Death has won the chess match…” My friend knows that Bergman’s film, “The Seventh Seal,” is one of my all-time favorites. As a young stay-at-home mother, many years ago, my husband encouraged me to take some evening classes at the university. The first one I signed up for was a film class on “The Women in Bergman’s Films.” We watched a different film each week, and then discussed it. The instructor was a wonderful professor of film studies, so the discussions were amazing, and focused primarily on the way Bergman portrayed women in his films. I developed a lifelong love and appreciation for this brilliant filmmaker, so I am sad to bid him adieu.