In 1960, Swedish director Ingmar Bergman began work on three of his most powerful and representative films, eventually presented as a trilogy. Already a figure of international acclaim for such masterpieces as The Seventh Seal and The Magician, Bergman turned his back on the expressionism of his fifties work to focus on a series of chamber dramas exploring belief and alienation in the modern age. Collaborating with the distinguished cinematographer Sven Nykvist, and eliciting searing performances from his refined cast of regularsâHarriet Andersson, Gunnar BjÃ¶rnstrand, Gunnel Lindblom, Ingrid Thulin, and Max Von Sydow among themâBergman unleashed Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, and The Silence in rapid succession, exposing moviegoers worldwide to a new level of intellectual and emotional intensity. Drawing on Bergmanâs own upbringing and ongoing spiritual crises, the films of the trilogy examine the necessity of religion and question the promise of faith.
Introductions to the films by director Ingmar Bergman, recorded in 2003
Interview from 2012 with actor Harriet Andersson
Audio interview from 1962 with actor Gunnar BjÃ¶rnstrand
Illustrated audio interview with cinematographer Sven Nykvist, recorded in 1981
Observations from 2003 on each film by film scholar Peter Cowie
Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie, a five-part documentary by Vilgot SjÃ¶man made for Swedish television during the production of Winter Light