The first part of Ingmar Bergman’s trilogy (with Winter Light and The Silence), elaborating his search for a new interpretation of “God” apart from the conventional one on which he was raised. Elaborately rhetorical at the end, this 1961 film nevertheless develops its theme lucidly and with some of Bergman’s most unforgettable sequences, such as the slow descent of the helicopter as Harriet Andersson screams “God is a spider!” With Gunnar Bjornstrand and Max von Sydow. In Swedish with subtitles.