Ingmar Bergman

Winter Light

Winter Light

“God, why hast thou forsaken me?” With Winter Light, Ingmar Bergman explores the search for redemption in a meaningless existence. Small-town pastor Tomas Ericsson (Gunnar Björnstrand) performs his duties mechanically before a dwindling congregation, including his stubbornly devoted lover, Märta (Ingrid Thulin). When he is asked to assuage 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 doubt. The beautifully photographed Winter Light is an unsettling look at the human craving for personal validation in a world seemingly abandoned by God.

Film Info

  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Sweden
  • 1963
  • 80 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Swedish
  • Spine #210

Special 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

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Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Blu-Ray Box Set

30 Discs

Ships Nov 20, 2018

$239.96

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A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman

A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman

DVD Box Set

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$63.96

Special 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
Winter Light
Cast
Gunnar Björnstrand
Tomas Ericsson
Ingrid Thulin
Märta Lundberg
Gunnel Lindblom
Karin Persson
Max von Sydow
Jonas Persson
Allan Edwall
Algot Frövik
Credits
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Written and directed by
Ingmar Bergman
Assistant director
Lenn Hjortzberg
Cinematography
Sven Nykvist
Assistant photographer
Rolf Holmqvist
Assistant photographer
Peter Wester
Production manager
Lars-Owe Carlberg
Editing
Ulla Ryghe
Sound
Stig Flodin
Sound
Brian Wikström
Sound effects
Evald Andersson
Sets
P.A. Lundgren
Costumes
Mago
Makeup
Börje Lundh

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The Swedish auteur began his artistic career in the theater but eventually navigated toward film—"the great adventure," as he called it—initially as a screenwriter and then as a director. Simply put, in the fifties and sixties, the name Ingmar Bergman was synonymous with European art cinema. Yet his incredible run of successes in that era—including The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and The Virgin Spring, haunting black-and-white elegies on the nature of God and death—merely paved the way for a long and continuously dazzling career that would take him from the daring “Silence of God” trilogy (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, The Silence) to the existential terrors of Cries and Whispers to the family epic Fanny and Alexander, with which he “retired” from the cinema. Bergman died in July 2007, leaving behind one of the richest bodies of work in the history of cinema.