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Paul Schrader drew heavily from the middle film in Ingmar Bergman’s “Trilogy of Faith” for First Reformed. Gunnar Björnstrand plays the pastor of a dwindling congregation, brooding as he delivers the expected rites. A member of his flock (Max Von Sydow) wrestles with thoughts of self-harm due to despair over the prospect of nuclear annihilation. The pastor, meanwhile, struggles with his relationship to a parishioner (Ingrid Thulin), and with his own faith. Cinematographer Sven Nykvist infuses the proceedings an austere chill.
1963 Dir. Ingmar Bergman. 1.33:1 B&W DCP 81 min. In Swedish with English subtitles.