Touched by Grace? A Look at Grace in Bergman’s Winter Light and Martin Luther’s Writings

  • Author(s): Kjartan Leer-Salvesen
  • When: 2019-04
  • Where: Journal of Religion & Film
  • Ingmar Bergman holds a prominent place in the lineup of directors who have used cinema to investigate the meaning of life in a godless world. The so-called “Trilogy of God’s Silence” is often identified as the place where Bergman struggled most profoundly with core themes from the Christian faith. In Winter Light, he explores the topic of doubt, devastatingly, through a minister’s religious and existential crisis. This article, however, proposes that Martin Luther’s theology may provide resources for reappraising Bergman’s canonical film.

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