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16 October 1961 (Sweden) See more »
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Recently released from a mental hospital; Karin rejoins her emotionally disconnected family and their island home, only to slip from reality as she begins to believe she is being visited by God. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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absolutely touching and penetrating, tragic and sad See more (59 total) »

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Directed by
Ingmar Bergman 
 
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Ingmar Bergman 

Produced by
Allan Ekelund .... producer
 
Original Music by
Erik Nordgren (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist 
 
Film Editing by
Ulla Ryghe 
 
Production Design by
P.A. Lundgren 
 
Costume Design by
Mago 
 
Makeup Department
Börje Lundh .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lenn Hjortzberg .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Karl-Arne Bergman .... property master
 
Sound Department
Staffan Dalin .... sound
Stig Flodin .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Evald Andersson .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rolf Holmquist .... assistant camera
Peter Wester .... assistant camera
 
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Ulla Furås .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Såsom i en spegel" - Sweden (original title)
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89 min
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
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Continuity: When Martin and David are taking up nets in the boat, Martin puts his pipe in his mouth and then takes the oars and starts to row. In the next shot, the pipe is gone.See more »
Quotes:
Fredrik:Hey! Be careful now. Keep away from me. Stop hugging and kissing me. Stop sunbathing half naked. You disgust me. You know very well what I mean. Women are horrible. How they smell and move around, how they stick out their stomachs, how they comb their hair and talk. Makes me feel like a skinned rabbit!
Karin:Poor boy.
Fredrik:Thanks. I can give myself all the pity I want.
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Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV)See more »

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44 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
absolutely touching and penetrating, tragic and sad, 4 November 2001

this is one of bergman's most serious and devastating, sometimes horribly depressing and (it's only flaw) a little too heavy handed for even the toughest and healthiest viewers. it is fascinating to watch bergman come to terms with the absence of god and man's tragic isolation in an indifferent universe through the art he uses like no one else could or does, the art of film. karin is a mentally disordered young woman, intensely loved by her family and well cared for but nonetheless subject to bouts of extreme madness and delusions of divinity that are so convincing and well performed as to be hard to watch (particularly the scene where she is convinced that a deity disguised as a spider is going to crawl out of a closet). although it ends on a semi hopeful note, the film's atmosphere is largely one of sterility, emotional dryness, impoverishment and despair. karin lives on an isolated island just as we inhabit a vast, incomprehensible universe that is essentially little but a doomed speck of dust in a monstrous cosmos that does not care. i think there can be little debate as to the correct interpretation of this movie, which is the utter void at the center of false human beliefs and illusions of happiness or omnipotence. order is a lie and religious belief is founded on deliberate self deception. a masterpiece of the most passionate artistry and integrity.

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