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FARO, Sweden: Endless winters, sparse pine trees rising from infertile soil, few sheep and even fewer people: the Baltic island of Faro is not only a natural film set for Ingmar Bergman, but his sanctuary and final resting place.After "Through a Glass Darkly," which won an Oscar in the best foreign language film category, Bergman filmed "Persona" (1966), "Shame" (1968), "The Passion of Anna" (1969) and "Scenes from a Marriage" (1973) on Faro.According to one piece of local lore, Bergman paid well, so well in fact that when visitors asked where his house was, islanders would usually point in the opposite direction.When Bergman discovered the beach at Hammars in 1966 while filming "Persona," he decided to build a one-story house in the area. With fewer than 500 people living there the whole year round, tourism has become vital for Faro, which is due in no insignificant part to Bergman.There is also the "Bergman safari" exploring his film locations, including part of a reconstructed set from "Persona".
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