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Winter Light (1963) More at IMDbPro »Nattvardsgästerna (original title)


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Release Date:
5 April 1963 (USA) See more »
A small town priest struggles with his faith. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Ingmar Bergman: 1918-2007
 (From IMDb News. 30 July 2007)

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The closest thing to a perfect film I've ever seen See more (66 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Ingrid Thulin ... Märta Lundberg, Schoolteacher

Gunnar Björnstrand ... Tomas Ericsson, Pastor
Gunnel Lindblom ... Karin Persson

Max von Sydow ... Jonas Persson
Allan Edwall ... Algot Frövik, Sexton
Kolbjörn Knudsen ... Knut Aronsson, Warden
Olof Thunberg ... Fredrik Blom, Organist
Elsa Ebbesen ... Magdalena Ledfors, Widow
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lars-Olof Andersson ... Young boy (uncredited)
Eddie Axberg ... Johan Strand, Schoolboy (uncredited)
Tor Borong ... Johan Åkerblom, Homesteader (uncredited)
Lars-Owe Carlberg ... Parish Constable (uncredited)
Ingmari Hjort ... Persson's daughter (uncredited)
Stefan Larsson ... Persson's son (uncredited)
Johan Olafs ... Gentleman with Horse (uncredited)
Bertha Sånnell ... Hanna Appelblad, Baker with Daughter (uncredited)
Christer Öhman ... Young boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Ingmar Bergman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ingmar Bergman  writer

Produced by
Allan Ekelund .... producer
Original Music by
Evald Andersson (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist 
Film Editing by
Ulla Ryghe 
Production Design by
P.A. Lundgren 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Börje Lundh .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lenn Hjortzberg .... assistant director
Art Department
Karl-Arne Bergman .... props
Sound Department
Evald Andersson .... sound effects
Stig Flodin .... sound
Brian Wikström .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Rolf Holmquist .... assistant camera
Gerhard Carlsson .... electrician (uncredited)
Peter Wester .... camera operator (uncredited)
Other crew
Lars-Owe Carlberg .... location manager
Katinka Faragó .... continuity clerk
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nattvardsgästerna" - Sweden (original title)
"The Communicants" - International (English title) (literal title)
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81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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When she saw the completed film, Ingmar Bergman's then wife Kabi Laretei said, "Yes, Ingmar, it's a masterpiece. But it's a dreary masterpiece."See more »
Continuity: When Thomas leaves to go to the suicide scene Marta's car is parked nearby. She follows him in her car. They leave the suicide scene in her car and his is never seen again.See more »
Algot Frövik, Sexton:The passion of Christ, his suffering... Wouldn't you say the focus on his suffering is all wrong?
Tomas Ericsson, Pastor:What do you mean?
Algot Frövik, Sexton:This emphasis on physical pain. It couldn't have been all that bad. It may sound presumptuous of me - but in my humble way, I've suffered as much physical pain as Jesus. And his torments were rather brief. Lasting some four hours, I gather? I feel that he was tormented far worse on an other level...
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75 out of 89 people found the following review useful.
The closest thing to a perfect film I've ever seen, 22 July 2000
Author: davew-5 from California

It's a real shame that you are unlikely to find this movie in your local video rental store. It's relentlessly concentrated, uncompromising and beautiful. It's paced slowly at the beginning, drawing the viewer in, but repays the effort you put in (and it's pretty short).

The story focuses on a disillusioned priest in a remote village who is unable to accept the love offered him by Marta, his friend, and unable to offer the conviction of his faith to save a fisherman from suicide. There are several hidden references to the crucifixion: the time covered in the movie (noon to 3 pm) is the same as the time Jesus spent on the cross; the location of Marta's skin disease corresponds to the "stigmata" or wounds from the nails.

I can't recommend this film strongly enough. Every time I see it I am stunned by the beauty and meaning in every single frame.

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