Sparks to perform live version of their 'musical' LP ahead of movie adaptation

LA audiences can see 'The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman'

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Sparks will perform a live version of their album 'The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman' on June 25, ahead of a planned movie version.

Originally released in 2009 and conceived as a musical, the album was a fictionalised account of the seminal Swedish filmmaker's life. In it, after winning an award at Cannes for his 1956 film Smiles Of A Summer Night, Bergman is inexplicably transported into the decadent 1950s hey day of the Hollywood studio system.

With plans for Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin to adapt the musical into the film, a live, proto-version of the musical will be performed as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival at Ford Amphitheatre.



Sparks and a cast will perform the album as Maddin reads stage directions, with concert visuals projected above.

Talking to Extra, bandmember Russell Mael said of the project: "Sparks has had a really long career and 'The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman' is our 22nd album, so we're always trying to find ways to be able to present what we're doing in some new form that's gonna keep us excited and hopefully keep an audience excited about Sparks, and even an audience who hasn’t even heard of the band."

He continued: "We're always approaching things saying 'well this is the first album we’ve ever done'… and if someone was just to be introduced to Sparks by our latest thing, we'd like it to stand on its own and be striking and relevant to right now, and we always find it a challenge to come up with something that's gonna be what maybe other bands wouldn’t do or couldn’t do, especially bands that have had a long career like we have."

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