Winter Light / Nattvardsgästerna

(Fiction, Sweden, 1963, 82’, BW, Fr ST)

by Ingmar Bergman

with Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Max von Sydow

Winter Light


Tomas Ericsson is a disillusioned pastor in a small seaside village. One day, a married couple comes to see him – the husband is anguished by the menace of the atomic bomb. Having lost faith himself after the loss of his wife, Tomas can’t find words to console the man and confides in him his own doubts.


“A quarter of a century later, I see Winter Light with satisfaction: nothing has corroded or broken.” Images, Ingmar Bergman.

“I was clever enough to foresee that the film would not appeal to the general public. One could regret this, but the film was necessary.” Images, Ingmar Bergman.

“The Mass service remains a last hope, when everything else has failed: a lie, a drunkenness, a comfort, a tangible proof not of the existence of God, but that of Man.” Ingmar Bergman, The Magician of the North, N.T.Binh.

Film Author :

Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) was born in Sweden into the family of a pastor. He developed a precocious passion for cinema.  He studied literature and history, but his true passion was for the theater, to which he devoted himself as early as 1938. In 1945, he directed his first feature film, Crisis, adapted from a Danish radio play, thereby launching his very prolific career. He first evoked the mysteries of couples’ lives of couple in 1949 with Thirst and then with Summer with Monika (1953). Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) and The Seventh Seal (1957) brought him international recognition. In 1958, he won the Golden Bear in Berlin for Wild Strawberries. Persona (1966) marked his encounter with Liv Ullmann, whom he would direct in many films, among which Cries and Whispers (1972) or Scenes from a Marriage (1973). He made Fanny and Alexander in 1982. He was distinguished with the “Palme des Palmes” at the 50th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. In 2003, he directed Sarabande, his last feature film, for television.

Other movies: THEMA : Black & White

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