At the beginning of the 1960s, renowned film director Ingmar Bergman began work on what were to become some of his most powerful and representative works-the Trilogy. Already a figure of tremendous international acclaim for such masterworks as The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and The Virgin Spring, Bergman turned his back on the abundant symbolism and exotic imagery of his '50s work to focus on a series of impacted, emotionally explosive chamber dramas examining faith and alienation in the modern age. Utilizing a new cameraman-the incomparable Sven Nykvist-Bergman 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. Each film employs minimal dialogue, eerily isolated settings, and searing performances from such Bergman regulars as Max von Sydow, Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Ingrid Thulin and Gunnel Lindblom in their evocation of a desperate world confronted with God's desertion. Drawing on Bergman's own severely religious upbringing and ensuing spiritual crisis, the films in the Trilogy are deeply personal, challenging, and enriching works that exhibit the filmmaker's peerless formal mastery and fierce intelligence. The Criterion Collection is proud to present A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman: Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, and The Silence.
Box Set: The following DVDs are included in this set:
Exploring the film: New video discussions with Bergman biographer Peter Cowie (Ingmar Bergman: A Critical Biography) focusing on the trilogy, the director's inspiration, actors, cinematic style, and religious confrontations
Essays by film scholars Peter Matthews, Peter Cowie, and Leo Braudy, plus a new statement from director Vilgot Sjöman