Winter Light Winter Light
  • Sweden
  • 1962
  • 80 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Swedish
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  • Spine #210

“God, why did you desert me?” With Winter Light, master craftsman Ingmar Bergman explores the search for redemption in a meaningless existence. In this stark depiction of spiritual crisis, small-town pastor Tomas Ericsson (Gunnar Björnstrand) performs his duties mechanically before a dwindling congregation. When he is asked to assist with a troubled parishioner’s (Max von Sydow) debilitating fear of nuclear annihilation, Tomas is terrified to find that he can provide nothing but his own uncertainty. Beautifully photographed by Sven Nykvist, Winter Light is an unsettling look at the human craving for personal validation in a world seemingly abandoned by God.

Cast

Tomas EricssonGunnar Björnstrand
Märta LundbergIngrid Thulin
Karin PerssonGunnel Lindblom
Jonas PerssonMax von Sydow
Algot FrövikAllan Edwall

Credits

DirectorIngmar Bergman
Written and directed byIngmar Bergman
Assistant directorLenn Hjortzberg
CinematographySven Nykvist
Assistant photographerRolf Holmqvist and Peter Wester
Production managerLars-Owe Carlberg
EditingUlla Ryghe
SoundStig Flodin and Brian Wikström
Sound effectsEvald Andersson
SetsP.A. Lundgren
CostumesMago
MakeupBörje Lundh

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer
  • Exploring the film: Video discussion with Ingmar Bergman biographer Peter Cowie
  • Essay by Peter Cowie
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Film Essays

Winter Light

By Peter CowieAugust 18, 2003

Like Quattrocento Italian painting, Ming porcelain, or the late quartets of Beethoven, Ingmar . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Winter Light

By Peter CowieAugust 18, 2003

Like Quattrocento Italian painting, Ming porcelain, or the late quartets of Beethoven, Ingmar . . . Read more »