The great subject of the cinema, Ingmar Bergman believed, is the human face. He’d been watching Antonioni on television, he told me during an interview, and realized it wasn’t what Antonioni said that absorbed him, but the man’s face. Bergman was not thinking about anything as simple as a closeup, I believe. He was thinking about the study of the face, the intense gaze, the face as window to the soul. Faces are central to all of his films, but they are absolutely essential to the power of what has come to be called his Silence of God Trilogy: «Through a Glass Darkly» (1961), «Winter Light» (1962) and «The Silence» (1963).