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Winter Light (1963)

Nattvardsgästerna (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 5 April 1963 (USA)
A small town priest struggles with his faith.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ingrid Thulin ... Märta Lundberg
Gunnar Björnstrand ... Tomas Ericsson
Gunnel Lindblom ... Karin Persson
Max von Sydow ... Jonas Persson
Allan Edwall ... Algot Frövik
Kolbjörn Knudsen ... Knut Aronsson
Olof Thunberg ... Fredrik Blom
Elsa Ebbesen ... Magdalena Ledfors
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Storyline

On a cold winter's Sunday, the pastor of a small rural church (Tomas Ericsson) performs service for a tiny congregation; though he is suffering from a cold and a severe crisis of faith. After the service, he attempts to console a fisherman (Jonas Persson) who is tormented by anxiety, but Tomas can only speak about his own troubled relationship with God. A school teacher (Maerta Lundberg) offers Tomas her love as consolation for his loss of faith. But Tomas resists her love as desperately as she offers it to him. This is the second in Bergman's trilogy of films dealing with man's relationship with God. Written by <amanderik@aol.com>

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

5 April 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Winter Light See more »

Filming Locations:

Rättvik, Dalarnas län, Sweden See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A considerable amount of the scenes had to be re-shot due to technical problems with sound and film stock. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Märta Lundberg, Schoolteacher: I love you. And I live for you. Take me and use me. Beneath all my false pride and independent airs, I have only one wish: to be allowed to live for someone else. It's so terribly difficult.
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20 December 2005 | by odbeesterSee all my reviews

possibly my absolute favorite Bergman film. Gorgeous, the way a fresh blanket of snow on a frigidly cold winter night is.

Brutally bleak, "Winter Light" may be about losing religious faith, but I don't think you have to have a religious faith to identity with Gunnar Bjornstrand's character, the pastor of a small town. His "faith" is as much a will to live as anything else.

Bjornstrand and Ingrid Thulin are amazingly good, and Max von Sydow does more with a few subtle expressions, and very little dialog, than most any actor is capable of.

Not a film to watch in the dead of winter if you suffer from SAD, unless you're like me and get a perverse type of therapy from confronting the hopelessness head first.


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