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Winter Light (Nattvardsgästerna) (1963)

Winter Light
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Ingrid Thulin Ingrid Thulin
Märta Lundberg, Schoolteacher
Gunnar Björnstrand Gunnar Björnstrand
Tomas Ericsson, Pastor
Gunnel Lindblom Gunnel Lindblom
Karin Persson
Max von Sydow Max von Sydow
Jonas Persson
Allan Edwall Allan Edwall
Algot Frövik, Sexton
Kolbjörn Knudsen Kolbjörn Knudsen
Knut Aronsson, Warden
Olof Thunberg Olof Thunberg
Fredrik Blom, Organist
Elsa Ebbesen Elsa Ebbesen
Magdalena Ledfors, Widow


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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.
Release date: 5 April 1963
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" The film employs no score aside from the diegetic organ music. Bergman planned to use Sarabande from Suite No. 2 in D minor for Cello, BWV 1008 by Johann Sebastian Bach for the scene where Tomas and Märta leave the scene of Jonas's suicide, tying in with the use of the piece in Through a Glass Darkly, but eventually abandoned the idea as "contrived". "


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