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Ingmar Bergman delivers for TV

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Flanked by his leading ladies, 83-year-old Ingmar Bergman took center stage to promote his new TV production, which he wrote after realizing that he was "pregnant with a play." The famed maker of some 60 films, culminating with 1983's Fanny and Alexander, said he realized he had to do the play while translating Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts from Norwegian to Swedish, which took him three months.

Bergman said he decided to do the play for Swedish Television because he was able to get the four actors he wanted for the roles.

The televised play will be a family drama based on the two main characters from Bergman's previous TV series, Scenes From a Marriage, which was made into a movie in 1973.

Bergman insisted it is not a sequel, although the two lead actors _ Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson _ will reprise their roles.