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Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Sweden 1963 80 mins. In Swedish

The second in his “Faith Trilogy,” Winter Light chronicles a day in the life of a disillusioned village pastor (Gunnar Björnstrand) as he attempts to reconcile his beliefs in the face of “God’s silence.” Unable to comfort his mistress (Ingrid Thulin), or to console a suicidal parishioner (Max Von Sydow), his shaken faith leaves only meaningless ritual, profound emptiness, and crippling self-paralysis. Björnstrand and Von Sydow provide dueling psychological poles, while Thulin’s Marta is one of the most emotionally delicate characters in all of Bergman’s work. Bergman and cinematographer Sven Nykvist capture the coldness of devotion and a winter light that becomes a character of its own. The Trilogy, Bergman stated, “is not concerned with God or His absence…but with the saving force of love.” In Swedish with English subtitles.

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