Winter Light details
|Starring:||Max von Sydow, Gunnel Lindblom, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Bjrnstrand|
|Directors:||Ingmar Bergman, Ingmar Bergman|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Run time:||1 hour 17 minutes|
|Rental release:||19 Nov 2001|
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Dark, Dark, Dark....By FrankIV (534 reviews) from Cirencester, England , 18 May 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]It takes a certain sort of genius to sustain a film as unremittingly bleak as this, but be sure Bergman's the man to do it. In a community caught in the 'grips of death and decay', a pastor who has lost faith wrestles with his fear of the lack of meaning, spiritual emptiness and self-loathing in the company of his atheistic mistress, an equally tortured soul. The scene in which he tells her in clear and uncompromising detail why he has become tired of her is just one instance of the depths of despair plumbed by this film and moved me greatly. The circumstances of and background to the relationship are revealed cleverly in a monologue delivered to camera by Ingrid Thulin and in two or three sessions of dialgogue at different parts of the film. The austere beauty of the black and white cinematography is as stunning as ever, and the performances from the two leads brilliant. The treatment is as earnest and sombre as befits the seriousness of the theme, and even the comparitive light relief provided by the organist and the verger has the air of Macbeth's porter at the gates of hell.
Masterly, and deeply, deeply depressing.
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Stark and BleakBy Seedyvee (207 reviews) from Grantham , 08 Jul 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]This drama is as stark and chilly as the ice-bound setting for this film. The soul-searching and agonizing seemed more representational than palpable and I felt the experience more interesting than engaging. No characters connect with each other and human compassion is conspicuous by its absence. And what's that about the Chinese being bred to be angry and drop bombs on everyone?...
Dark night, bright lightBy Stephen from North Cornelly, South Wales , 17 Feb 2012As a complete fan of Bergman, it is always a pleasure to reach back into his earlier work and find another gem - as this one is. It is a close working of the day to day doubts and contradictions inherent in a small community of small people, haunted by the spectre of a God that hasnt seemed to have dealt them much in the way of colour or trumpery in the few hours between sunrise and sunset. Bleak and unremitting the expressions might be, but the script shines with the bright light of understanding and humanity that Bergman brings to the life of the widowed pastor. There is never a disappointment with Ingmar Bergman and, again, this is a film I hugely enjoyed and wouldnt hesitate to recommend.
Gloomy but beautifulBy Kayonly (27 reviews) from London , 02 Jun 2009This film was beautifully shot in black and white. It was atmospheric and portrayed the hopelessness of relationships, which is typical of Ingmar Bergman's movies. I enjoyed watching it because of the skill, the photography and the intenseness of the acting and can't wait to see the rest of the series.
StunningBy a customer from Belfast, N.Ireland , 25 Jan 2009This film along with 'Scenes from a Marriage' and 'Autumn Sonata' is my favourite Bergman film so far (I've seen about 25 of his films). Visually this is incredible and the acting and writing are divine. Truly beautiful. If you enjoy this please see the other two films I mention. They are certainly among his best work.
First Date Film - Not!By Clicknick (30 reviews) from Henley-on-Thames , 02 Apr 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]Only Catholic fans of Bergman or Beckett will watch this to the end. It brought back memories of a less than successful first date - tickets to see 'Waiting for Godot'. God and Faith feature heavily, with torment applied in good measure. Of course the camera work, direction, acting and story writing are first class. In the associated notes is explains how Gunnar Bjornstrand, who plays the curate, was ill during filming and so disturbed by the role that he had problems remembering the lines - actually this added to the performance. I suggest that you next move onto Smiles of a Summer Night, to redress the balance.
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