Edited by RichardW on 9/4/2015, 9:20 pm
Joe Sarno was a capable dramatist. I've seen a few of his mid-1970s films including the one he made in Amityville, Long Island, New York whichever that was. But to compare him to Ingmar Bergman is stretching it. Comparing him to Douglas Sirk might be less inappropriate because he (Sarno) was mainly interested in relationship dramas (about sex). In this his skills were present, if limited.
From what little I know about Sarno, it appears that he took the artifice out of his storytelling. He didn't make genre films. Correct me if I'm wrong, but with the exception of that vampire film he made in England, he wasn't interested in suspense thrillers or crime stories or film noir.