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Director:
Writer:
Ingmar Bergman (writer)
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Release Date:
5 April 1963 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A small town priest struggles with his faith. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
Ingmar Bergman: 1918-2007
 (From IMDb News. 30 July 2007)

User Reviews:
One of the greatest! See more (64 total) »

Cast

  (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
Mago 
 
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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Runtime:
81 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
A considerable amount of the scenes had to be re-shot due to technical problems with sound and film stock.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the vestry (or office) to the side of the church, as Tomas realises that he believes life is more understandable without the presence of God, the light through the window behind him intensifies. Assuming the church building has an east-west orientation (as churches tend to do), the light is coming from a northerly direction. Yet, when he later re-enters the church proper (and collapses by the altar rail), the sun is clearly visible, low in the sky, through the window at the opposite (southern) side of the building.See more »
Quotes:
Märta Lundberg, Schoolteacher:God, why have you created me so eternally dissatisfied? So frightened, so bitter? Why must I realize how wretched I am? Why must I suffer so hellishly for my insignificance? If there is a purpose to my suffering, then tell me, so I can bear my pain without complaint. I'm strong. You made me so very strong in both body and soul, but you never give me a task worthy of my strength. Give my life meaning, and I'll be your obedient slave.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ingmar Bergman on Life and Work (1998) (TV)See more »

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47 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
One of the greatest!, 30 March 2005
Author: gorevich from Russia - Sweden

I watched this film the other night, and this struck me as perhaps the most profound and "real" movie that I have ever seen. It deals with the silence of god, and meaning of life. With the brilliant photo by Sven Nykvist, the surroundings comes alive unlike most other movies with color! If you've ever lived in that scenery (cold pine-forested northerly countries) It appears almost as if it were in color, as if one is there at that moment.

Needless to say, the actors makes fantastic performances.

I find it pointless to say much about the plot, it is well summarized on this site, it is also a very personal movie to watch and therefore any type of "analysis" that is revealed to the viewer before he or she has seen the movie, may interfere with their own personal view on things.

Truly a masterpiece among movies, completely free from unimportant elements, a clear, uncompromising questioning of ones faith in god and life.

10/10

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