Criterion Collection: Ingmar Bergman Trilogy

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Overview

Part of the Criterion Collection, A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman is a three-disc set of 1960s chamber dramas from Ingmar Bergman. Shot by cinematographer Sven Nykvist, each film is a personal story of spiritual loss in modern life. Includes Through a Glass Darkly (1961), Winter Light (1962), and The Silence (1963). Each film is presented with a high definition full frame transfer in the original black-and-white. The Dolby Digital Mono soundtracks are offered in Swedish with improved English subtitle ...
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Overview

Part of the Criterion Collection, A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman is a three-disc set of 1960s chamber dramas from Ingmar Bergman. Shot by cinematographer Sven Nykvist, each film is a personal story of spiritual loss in modern life. Includes Through a Glass Darkly (1961), Winter Light (1962), and The Silence (1963). Each film is presented with a high definition full frame transfer in the original black-and-white. The Dolby Digital Mono soundtracks are offered in Swedish with improved English subtitle translation. Optional English dubbed soundtracks are also available. Special features include poster galleries, original theatrical trailers, essays, and video discussions with Bergman biographer Peter Cowie. Besides being a beautifully packaged collector's edition, this set marks the first time these films have been released on DVD in the U.S. Highly recommended for fans of the director's work.
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Special Features

New high-definition digital transfers of the trilogy films, with restored image and sound; Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie - five part documentary; Exploring the film; Essays by film scholars Peter Matthews, Peter Cowie and Leo Braudy and filmmaker Vilgot Sjöman; Poster gallery for the films of the trilogy; Original U.S. theatrical trailers; Optional English-dubbed soundtracks; New English subtitle translations.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
The depths of angst are plumbed in master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman's trilogy -- called such by the director for the films' relating themes of life, family, and faith. Bleak yet beautiful, the films are relentless in their meditations on loneliness, fear, and all the melancholic emotions that have since become associated with 1960s European art cinema. Indeed, Bergman's deliberate pacing and somber tones were at the time seen as benchmarks, though in the scope of the director's work, these films marked an artistic turning point away from metaphysical allegory and toward the more humanist "chamber dramas" that would inform his subsequent work. The stories and characters in these films do not necessarily interconnect, but they do share metaphorical links in their questioning of life: Through the Glass Darkly's treatment of Harriet Andersson's mental illness, drawing a fuzzy line between it and spirituality, has the backdrop of a taut family drama, complete with incommunicative loved ones and unspoken emotion between Gunnar Björnstrand, Max von Sydow, and Lars Passgård. The film is also the trilogy's best known, having won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The specter of religion returns in Winter Light, in which Björnstrand's pastor struggles with his faith, the love of Ingrid Thulin's doting schoolmarm, and the suicide of von Sydow, one of his few parishioners. The trilogy's final entry, The Silence, takes place almost entirely within one hotel in a foreign city where three Swedes are passing through. Again, life's philosophies arise in a familial context, as Thulin's sickly, drunken intellectual is bedridden while her sensual sister Gunnel Lindblom -- with whom she may be having an incestuous affair -- seeks carnal pleasures while essentially ignoring her young son Jörgen Lindström. Aided by Sven Nykvist's black-and-white cinematography, for which the word "lush" does little justice, Bergman's brilliant trilogy is succinct yet penetrating, and a must-see for film buffs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2003
  • UPC: 037429181522
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Time: 6:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 247

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Through a Glass Darkly
1. Opening Credits [1:54]
2. By the Sea [4:34]
3. Truth About Karin [3:22]
4. Supper Under the Moon [4:23]
5. Surprise for Papa [6:51]
6. Little Kajsa [3:32]
7. Artistic Haunting [6:53]
8. In Papa's Room [6:10]
9. Be Patient With Me [5:04]
10. Easy Now, Minus [4:09]
11. Secrets Between Siblings [6:40]
12. Out in the Open [6:16]
13. Storm Sets In [6:57]
14. Before It Starts Again [6:28]
15. Tomb of Illusions [5:21]
16. Face of God [7:57]
17. Certainly Achieved [3:14]
18. Color Bars [:00]
Side #2 -- Winter Light
1. Opening Credits [1:16]
2. This Holy Communion [11:18]
3. Under the Weather [3:26]
4. The Perssons [5:17]
5. You Have a Lot to Learn [5:45]
6. Märta's Letter [9:33]
7. A Spider God [6:15]
8. Now I'm Free [4:26]
9. River's Edge [4:48]
10. Medicinal Request [3:14]
11. Idiotic Trivialities [10:21]
12. You Did What You Could [4:11]
13. Winter Light [:50]
14. God's Silence [4:50]
15. An Attentive Listener [5:32]
16. Color Bars [:00]
Side #3 -- The Silence
1. Opening Credits [1:09]
2. On a Train [6:39]
3. In a Hotel [5:09]
4. Ester's Vices [7:57]
5. Johan's Curiosity [4:42]
6. The Little People [3:49]
7. Bedridden [4:13]
8. At a Café [1:20]
9. Ester and Johan [2:43]
10. Voyeur [4:02]
11. Johan and the Waiter [4:13]
12. Sisters [3:56]
13. Sebastian Bach [4:50]
14. All the Details [4:37]
15. Anna's Passion [2:38]
16. Wide Awake [9:11]
17. Love and Hate [9:46]
18. Ester Collapses [1:44]
19. Loneliness [8:23]
20. Don't Be Afraid [2:36]
21. To Johan [1:46]
22. Color Bars [:00]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Through a Glass Darkly
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Exploring the Film
      Play
   Original U.S Trailer
   Language & Subtitles
      Swedish With/Without Subtitles
      English-Dubbed Soundtrack
Side #2 -- Winter Light
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Exploring the Film
      Play
   Original U.S. Trailer
   Language & Subtitles
      Swedish With/Without Subtitles
      English-Dubbed Soundtrack
Side #3 -- The Silence
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Exploring the Film
      Play
   Poster Gallery
   Original U.S. Trailer
   Language & Subtitles
      Swedish With/Without Subtitles
      English-Dubbed Soundtrack
Side #4 -- Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie
   Play the Documentary
   Index
      The Script
      Filming, Part 1
      Filming, Part 2
      Postproduction
      The Premiere
      Color Bars
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On/Off
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  • Posted November 13, 2010

    A masterpiece - The UK Version I found is 91 minutes

    I consider this film to be one of the few masterworks of cinema.

    This is in response to "anonymous" :

    The version of "The Silence" sold at amazon.co.uk from "Palisades Tartan" released in 2001 (PAL) lists the running time at 91 minutes, four minutes shorter than the Criterion Collection version. "Anonymous" would do well to point to where one can find the "Directors Cut" version that he/she says is longer than 95 minutes. I cannot find it. (I would like to, if it exists).

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Bergman's Great Trilogy

    Dare I say they don't make 'em like this anymore? Once upon a time, people once went to the movies expecting to have their lives changed by what they saw on the screen, and Bergman rarely let them down. Winter Light, in particular, is a film that has stayed with me for many years; even if you're a secular soul, its portrait of spiritual yearning, pain, and isolation is hard to shake.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Criterion is releasing a CUT version of THE SILENCE

    Despite having built their reputation on ''director approved'' versions of classic films, it seems as if Criterion's new transfer of ''The Silence'' (the final film in this trilogy) will be of the old, cut version of the film (in their running times they list their release as being 95 minutes long; that's the short version). The director's cut, availible on DVD in the UK and elsewhere, has little-known but important differences from this shorter version. If you really care about having the version of this film Ingmar Bergman wanted audiences to see, import the UK version and get yourself a code-free DVD player and a video monitor that can show the PAL format. In the meantime, ask Criterion why on earth they would release this classic film in a version cut down for 1963 US sexual mores.

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