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
"Oblivion shall own me and death alone shall love me." Performances are not something that often make a movie for me but these are truly each a montage all their own. The environment is active and the set design is flawless; the house, the nautical theme and the tattered wallpaper are all superb choices. "You see Karin... One draws a magic circle around oneself to keep everything out that doesn't fit one's secret games. Each time life breaks through the circle, the game becomes puny and ridiculous. So one draws a new circle and builds new defenses." Oh the twisted angst-filled pain of existence. "I have seen God."
There are quite a lot of metaphors in this movie that reflects the current state of my life. With that said, I have felt a deep connection with Karin (not related to the illness) and I can say with conviction that being in her shoes i.e. confused, is difficult. One of the greatest lines in cinematic history - "It's so horrible to see your own confusion and understand it." I will go on with life, and watch this again.
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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