For more than 50 years, Ingmar Bergman produced groundbreaking works of cinema that established him as one of the world's acclaimed, enduring and influential filmmakers.
Through a Glass Darkly (1961) The first film in Bergman's loose trilogy exploring the human search for God (along with 'Winter Light' and 'The Silence') centres on Karin (Harriet Andersson), convalescing by the sea after a spell in a psychiatric hospital. With her father (Gunnar Björnstrand), husband (Max von Sydow) and brother (Lars Passgård) either powerless to help or emotionally out of reach, she is consumed by seeking out the divine in the stark island landscape as her illness deepens. Sexuality and mental turmoil come to the fore as Bergman provocatively mirrors the family's patriarchal detachment in a seemingly indifferent God.
Winter Light (1963) Bergman continued to interrogate religious faith in this examination of a rural pastor's struggles with his relationship with God and his congregation. Tomas's flock is dwindling, and his inability to give guidance to the profoundly distressed Jonas (Max von Sydow) leads him to doubt the very existence of God. Yet at the same time, local teacher Marta (Ingrid Thulin) is convinced she has a divine mission to save Tomas (Gunnar Björnstrand) - even though she is, at most, agnostic. Her love may offer a path back to God for Tomas, if he can bring himself to accept it.