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With: Gunnar Bjornstrand, Max Von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnel Lindblom, Allan Edwall, Kolbjörn Knudsen, Olof Thunberg, Elsa Ebbesen
Written by: Ingmar Bergman
Directed by: Ingmar Bergman
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: Swedish with English subtitles
Running Time: 81
Date: 11/02/1963

Winter Light (1962)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Snow Motion

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

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The priest (Gunnar Bjornstrand) of a small village questions the power of his own faith. Winter Light is a less hysterical, more closely observed film than some of Bergman's other entries from the same period. True to its title, the film perfectly captures the numbing chill of the season through its superb black-and-white cinematography and meshes it with the priest's state of mind. As frosty as it is, Winter Light has grown to be one of my favorite Bergmans.

DVD Details: For this Ingmar Bergman box set, the Criterion Collection has gorgeously restored this and two other black-and-white films (The Silence and Through a Glass Darkly) in their full-screen aspect ratios. The set includes a fourth disc: a made-for-television documentary following the making of Winter Light. Critic/biographer Peter Cowie also provides plenty of information and insight into the trilogy.

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