Sweden devotes $3 mil to Bergman films

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- The Swedish government will give $3 million to promote and preserve the works of Ingmar Bergman.

The money will be used to help the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm set up an international theater festival in the late filmmaker's honor and buy the rights for scripts to his stage performances.

It will also enable new copies to be made of his films, which include "The Seventh Seal," "Through a Glass Darkly" and "Fanny and Alexander," Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said in a joint statement Monday with Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.

"Bergman has given Swedish stage art a unique position in the world. It deserves to be recognized both for a Swedish and international audience," Reinfeldt and Liljeroth said in the statement.

Considered one of great masters of 20th century cinema, Bergman died July 30 at 89 at his home on the Baltic Sea islet of Faro.
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