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Writer:
Ingmar Bergman (written by)
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Release Date:
22 June 1959 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 12 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Victor Sjöström ... Dr. Isak Borg

Bibi Andersson ... Sara

Ingrid Thulin ... Marianne Borg

Gunnar Björnstrand ... Dr. Evald Borg
Jullan Kindahl ... Agda
Folke Sundquist ... Anders
Björn Bjelfvenstam ... Viktor
Naima Wifstrand ... Mrs. Borg, Isak's Mother
Gunnel Broström ... Mrs. Alman
Gertrud Fridh ... Karin Borg, Isak's wife
Sif Ruud ... Aunt Olga
Gunnar Sjöberg ... Sten Alman / The Examiner

Max von Sydow ... Henrik Åkerman
Åke Fridell ... Karin's lover
Yngve Nordwall ... Uncle Aron
Per Sjöstrand ... Sigfrid Borg
Gio Petré ... Sigbritt Borg
Gunnel Lindblom ... Charlotta Borg
Maud Hansson ... Angelica Borg
Ann-Marie Wiman ... Eva Åkerman
Eva Norée ... Anna Borg
Lena Bergman ... Kristina Borg, twin
Monica Ehrling ... Birgitta Borg, twin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Göran Lundquist ... Benjamin Borg
Josef Norman ... Professor Tiger
Gunnar Olsson ... Bishop
Vendela Rudbäck ... Elisabeth - Mrs. Borg's Housemaid
Per Skogsberg ... Hagbart Borg
Peder Hellman ... Sigbritt's Baby (uncredited)
Ulf Johansson ... Mr. Borg - Isak's Father (uncredited)
Helge Wulff ... The Manager (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ingmar Bergman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ingmar Bergman  written by

Produced by
Allan Ekelund .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Erik Nordgren 
Göte Lovén (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Gunnar Fischer 
 
Film Editing by
Oscar Rosander 
 
Production Design by
Gittan Gustafsson 
 
Costume Design by
Millie Ström 
 
Makeup Department
Nils Nittel .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gösta Ekman .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Karl-Arne Bergman .... property master
 
Sound Department
Aaby Wedin .... sound
Sven Rudestedt .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Lennart Wallin .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Huch .... still photographer (uncredited)
Björn Thermænius .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Katinka Faragó .... script girl (as Katherina Faragó)
Sven Sjönell .... location manager
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Smultronstället" - Sweden (original title)
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Runtime:
91 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Canada:PA (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:Unrated | Netherlands:12 (video rating) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | South Korea:12 (2012) | South Korea:15 (2002) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Final screen appearance of Victor Sjöström.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The front license plate on the VW disappears when untying the rope.See more »
Quotes:
Sten Alman:Me and my wife are dependent on each other. It is out of selfish reasons we haven't beaten each other to death a long time ago.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Me Without You (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
UNDER ROENN OCH SYREN / BLOMMANDE SKOENA DALARSee more »

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Is this movie based on a novel?
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48 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
exceptionally well made, 10 July 2005
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Although I'm not the biggest Ingmar Bergman fan, I have really enjoyed some of his movies--especially the one that are not so pessimistic. Although the underlying theme of this movie is aging and impending death, the movie is NOT all pessimism. If it had been, it would have lost my interest early on. Instead, I really enjoyed the film--particularly the fine acting by Victor Sjöström as Professor Borg.

The professor is well-respected for his work as a doctor. However, despite his success in his career, he is a failure in his personal relationships. His emotional baggage over the years has prevented him from allowing himself to be close to those he truly loves. This theme mirrors one of the subplots of Through a Glass Darkly, where a father is being destroyed inside by his daughter's mental illness but he CANNOT allow himself to show his anguish--choosing instead to hide in his room with his tears. It is interesting that the same man playing Borg's son (Gunnar Björnstrand) plays the father only a few years later in Through a Glass Darkly.

Fortunately, unlike Through a Glass Darkly, there IS evidence that the professor is willing to change his persona, as he begins to open up more through the course of the movie. This appears to be assisted through extensive soul searching and dreams the professor has concerning his past and his own mortality--along with experiences he has during a long drive down the coast of Sweden. Because of this, even his extremely strained relationship with his son appears to hold some hope of improvement by the film's end. This hope for change lifts this movie above some Bergman films that only wallow in hopelessness.

FYI--The Criterion version of this DVD is nice due to its running commentary as well as the accompanying documentary. Get this version if you have the chance.

Also FYI--After watching many Bergman films and reading about his life, I detect quite a bit of autobiography in this film and his own stuggles with intimacy.

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