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Swedish Film Director Ingmar Bergman Dies

Award-winning Swedish film and stage director Ingmar Bergman has died. He was 89.

Swedish media reports Monday quote his daughter, Eva, as saying Bergman died peacefully at his home on the Baltic island of Faro. He spent the last few years of his life there.

Bergman made more than 50 films, and he is considered one of the most influential directors of the 20th century. He is perhaps best known for the Oscar-winning Fanny and Alexander, and The Seventh Seal, which won prizes at the Cannes Film Festival.

Acclaimed American director Woody Allen praised Bergman on the occasion of his 70th birthday as "probably the greatest film artist ... since the invention of the motion picture camera."

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.