Cinema: On the Horrible Forces

The Silence is so preoccupied with vice that its virtues are all but obscured.

Written and directed by Sweden's Ingmar Bergman, the film closes the ring of the trilogy that began with Through a Glass Darkly and continued with Winter Light. In those films Bergman sought to illuminate the ills of men by poking through the ashes of religious faith. His concluding statement is a bold, unpredictable work, touched with genius, but at the same time murky, exasperating, and occasionally dull. Those expecting a magnum opus will be disappointed; so will those looking...

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