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Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
"Såsom i en spegel" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  16 October 1961 (Sweden)
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A young woman, Karin, has recently returned to the family island after spending some time in a mental hospital. On the island with her is her lonely brother and kind, but increasingly desperate husband ('Max von Sydow'). They are joined by Karin's father ('Gunnar Björnstrand'), who is a world-traveling author that is estranged to his children. The film depicts how Karin's grip on reality slowly slips away and how the bonds between the family members are changing in light of this fact. Written by Mio

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The first Ingmar Bergman film to be made on the island of Faro. Bergman would later buy a home on the island. See more »

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As Minus paints the chair, the amount of paint on the chair changes between shots. See more »

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Martin: You're hunting for themes. Your own daughter's mental illness. What a great bloody idea!
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One of Bergman's best works: tragic/poetic/remarkable
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The first part of a 'religious' trilogy of films released from 1961-1963, Through the Glass Darkly may be the most accomplished of the three, and has the literary qualities of some of the best authors while still sticking to a character-driven story about mental drought and bewilderment. All four members bring out the heart of Bergman's message, with Andersson playing Karin in true sincerity and passion for the plague of her mind that has brought a cloud over her and her father, husband and younger brother (a woman with three generations of men). Some might digest the speculation on the inter-relationship of god and love with insanity, yet it is undeniably a masterwork by a artist filmmaker. A+


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