Cinema: God's Silence

Winter Light. Sweden's cinematic poltergeist, Writer-Director Ingmar Bergman, once more haunts the dark and chilly corridors where Man loses God, and once more the soul in torment seems to be his own. Bergman is the son of an austere Evangelical Lutheran parson who molded the boy with icy constraint and puritanical tyranny, and of a mother who was remote from both son and husband. To Bergman his parents were "sealed in iron caskets." This boyhood gave him the permeating motifs for his work: "God and the Devil, Life and Death, the drama of the...

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