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16 October 1961 (Sweden) See more »
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A young woman, Karin, has recently returned to the family island after spending some time in a mental hospital... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Lack of Communication and the Absence of God – The Beginning of the Trilogy of Silence See more (56 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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1.37 : 1 See more »
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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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Continuity: As Minus paints the chair, the amount of paint on the chair changes between shots.See more »
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Karin:It's so horrible to see your own confusion and understand it.See more »
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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Lack of Communication and the Absence of God – The Beginning of the Trilogy of Silence, 1 November 2010
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In a small family island, Karin (Harriet Andersson), her teenage brother Minus (Lars Passgård) and her husband Martin (Max von Sydow) welcome her father David (Gunnar Björnstrand), who is a writer permanently absent traveling around the world. Karin has just left a mental institution and has inherited the incurable insanity from her mother. Minus feels lost and alone, estranged by his selfish and cold father that left Karin and he behind after the death of his wife. Martin is neglected by Karin and has no sex life with her anymore and spends his time taking care of his wife. When Karin finds the journal of her father hidden in a drawer in his desk, she reads that her degenerative disease is incurable and triggers a breakdown.

"Såsom i en Spegel" is the beginning of Bergman's Trilogy of Silence, with a direct reference to the lack of communication and the absence of God. With this uncomfortable film, Ingmar Bergman won his first Oscar in 1962 in the category Best Foreign Language Film. The performances are awesome as usual, with wonderful black-and-white cinematography and magnificent camera work. The haunting music score of J.S. Bach gives a tune of melancholy to this depressing story. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Através de um Espelho" ("Through a Mirror")

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