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The portentous imagery, religious anxiety, and psychological torment of Ingmar Bergman’s films all lend themselves to parody, but such travesty is possible only because Bergman’s work has become iconic. He’s one of a handful of European directors—like Fellini and Godard—whose films are a genre unto themselves. Today’s all-day seminar on the director’s work is titled “Dark Rooms of the Soul: The Passionate Depth of Ingmar Bergman,” and the word “dark” could scarcely have been avoided. National Public Radio’s Pat Dowell leads this exploration into the shadowy chambers of the director’s consciousness with discussions of his life, his style, his influence, and his problematic relationships with women—most recently addressed by the Bergman-scripted Faithless. Perhaps Dowell will even unlock the door to the seldom-noted room that contains his sense of humor. From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a 90-minute break to eat lunch or play chess with Death, at the Ripley Center’s Lecture Hall, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. $96. (202) 357-3030. (Mark Jenkins)