While vacationing on a remote island retreat, a family’s already fragile ties are tested when daughter Karin (Harriet Andersson) discovers her father has been using her schizophrenia for his own literary means. As she drifts in and out of lucidity, the father (Gunnar Björnstrand), along with Karin’s husband (Max von Sydow) and her younger brother (Lars Passgård) are unable to prevent Karin’s harrowing descent into the abyss of mental illness. Winner of the 1962 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and featuring an astonishing lead performance by Andersson, Through a Glass Darkly presents an unflinching vision of a family’s near-disintegration and a tortured psyche further taunted by God’s intangible presence. —The Criterion Collection
The most famed and honored filmmaker ever to emerge from the nation of Sweden – and regarded by many as one of the three or four most brilliant directors of the 20th century – Ingmar Bergman radically altered the nature and meaning of the motion-picture form, transfiguring a medium long devoted to spectacle into an art capable of profoundly personal meditations into the myriad struggles facing the psyche and the soul. By focusing on the exploration of self with unparalleled intensity, Bergman brought to the screen a new sense of emotional intimacy, fusing the concepts behind Freudian psychotherapy with a dreamlike sensibility founded on visual metaphors, flashbacks, and extreme close-ups to create a revelatory cinematic world unlike any before it.
Born Ernst Ingmar Bergman on July 14, 1918, in Uppsala, Sweden, he followed a brief 1938 military stay by attending Stockholm University. While there, he staged his first plays, among them adaptations of Macbeth, August Strindberg’s… read more
Although its setting across Bergman’s favoured isle of Faro initially belies the forwarded intimacy of its ostensible chamber piece, its solitude bears heavy heart yet: its lurking psychosis in tracking a family’s frayed ties, breeds fractured catharsis within pockets of thematic clarity, amidst heavy emotional baggage - redolent of sprawling guilt and despair, until absolution sees its faith tract finally advance.
Bergman’s genius was displayed in “Through A Glass Darkly” by his cunning dialogue, gorgeous shots, and impeccable lighting. The only downside I see about this film, is it moved too slow for me. read review
Many critics have interpreted Ingmar Bergman’s film, Through a Glass Darkly, differently; however, Bergman has said it himself in his autobiography, Images: My Life In Film, that essentially… read review
Through a Glass Darkly, the first in the series, mercilessly drops us into the weekend gathering of a broken bourgeois family, consisting of a father, his son and daughter, and his daughter’s husband… read review