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Winter Light

Posted by martinteller on September 10, 2003

For a while now, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by the number of movies I want to watch (and the books I want to read, etc).  And during this movie, once again being spellbound by Bergman’s magic, I decided once and for all that I’m not going to be a slave to it anymore.  I’m tired of feeling obligated to watch this movie or that one… to add it to the list, put another notch in my belt or whatever.  From now on, I am going to try to spend time watching only what I really want to watch.  And if I start watching something and I’m not enjoying it, I’m not going to feel guilty about turning it off.  If I feel like watching a movie that I’ve already seen 4 times, I’m not going to feel bad about not using that time to watch something I’ve never seen before.  I’m not going to feel bad about not taking in every single supplement on the DVD.  I’m tired of constantly playing “catch up”… because you can never get caught up.  There is SO MUCH that I want to do but I can no longer allow that to get to me.  I will not die an unhappy man if I never get through the MAD Magazine CD-ROM box set.  My soul will not ache if I never get to hear the 3rd and 4th commentary tracks on Fellowship of the Ring.  I know I’m going on and on about this, but it’s important to me.  My leisure time has always been marred by this nagging feeling that I’ve got to get through this movie (book, album, etc) so I can get on to the next one.  It’s always been hard for me to live in the moment.

And I’m also not going to feel bad about not being able to explain why Ingmar Bergman rocks my world.  He just does.  Rating: 9

Addendum 7/5/12: I still struggle with these same issues.

3 Responses to “Winter Light”

  1. JC said

    I was about to ask if you still feel overwhelmed 9 years later – until I saw that addendum from July. Made me laugh – I’m sure we all have that same issue. I know I always feel bad when I re-watch a movie knowing I could be watching a new one and ‘knock it off the list’. The Barnes & Noble sale, and subsequent SA discussion, brought me to some of your Bergman reviews. I’m on the fence about purchasing his Trilogy.

    • Do not hesitate! Buy it now!

      I’m a little short on funds even for the BN sale, but thinking of picking up ACE IN THE HOLE and BRUTE FORCE. I’m wishing I had grabbed LE TROU while it was still in print.

      • JC said

        Quickly checking there’s 2 in stock for Le Trou “fulfilled by amazon” – but it’s not exactly cheap. Last year they must’ve found a batch of them and had Le Trou, Peeping Tom, and Quai Des Orfevres all for $14.99 each – had to pick em up!

        And having already dropped approx $200 on this b&n sale, the Bergman Trilogy will get taken care of next sale. I’ve got plenty to watch in the meantime.

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