Winter Light

Winter Light

Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1963 • Sweden

"God, why did you desert me?" With Winter Light, master craftsman Ingmar Bergman explores the search for redemption in a meaningless existence. In this stark depiction of spiritual crisis, small-town pastor Tomas Ericsson (Gunnar Björnstrand) performs his duties mechanically before a dwindling congregation. When he is asked to assist with 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 uncertainty. Beautifully photographed by Sven Nykvist, Winter Light is an unsettling look at the human craving for personal validation in a world seemingly abandoned by God.

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  • Winter Light

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1963 • Sweden

    "God, why did you desert me?" With Winter Light, master craftsman Ingmar Bergman explores the search for redemption in a meaningless existence. In this stark depiction of spiritual crisis, small-town pastor Tomas Ericsson (Gunnar Björnstrand) performs h...

Extras

  • Ingmar Bergman on WINTER LIGHT

    The following introduction was recorded by director Ingmar Bergman in 2003.

  • WINTER LIGHT: Exploring the Film

    In this exclusive recording for WINTER LIGHT, biographer Peter Cowie discusses Ingmar Bergman’s inspiration for the film, his revolutionary direction, and the performance of actor Gunnar Björnstrand.

  • Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie

    The year is 1961 and Ingmar Bergman is making a movie. While planted on the scene as apprentice to Bergman, Vilgot Sjöman (director, I AM CURIOUS–YELLOW, 1967), and a crew from Swedish Television begin to capture what would become a comprehensive five-part documentary on the making of WINTER LIGHT.