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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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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
 
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Karl-Arne Bergman .... property master
 
Sound Department
Staffan Dalin .... sound
Stig Flodin .... sound
 
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Evald Andersson .... special effects
 
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Rolf Holmquist .... assistant camera
Peter Wester .... assistant camera
 
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Ulla Furås .... script supervisor
 

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"Såsom i en spegel" - Sweden (original title)
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89 min
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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: 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 »
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Fredrik:Papa spoke to me.
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33 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
One Of Bergman's Finest Works, 9 July 2000
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

A character study set on a secluded island off the coast of Sweden, `Through A Glass, Darkly' is Ingmar Bergman's pensive chronicle of a young woman's descent into the maelstrom of schizophrenia. The story centers on Karin (Harriet Andersson), who has reached a pivotal juncture in her life; having just been released from a mental hospital, she must now face the uncertainties inherent in the nature of her illness. It is a crucial period in her life; she occupies a middle ground between two worlds, and the question now is, will she ultimately emerge in the light, or succumb to the darkness of the voices that beckon her from within. Through Bergman's eyes we observe the effects of her situation on the three people closest to her, her husband, Martin (Max von Sydow), her father, David (Gunnar Bjornstrand) and her brother, Minus (Lars Passgard). The movie explores their relationships to Karin (and to one another), and how differently each one them strives to cope with and understand her elusive affliction. An absorbing, evocative and sometimes tense drama, the film is impeccably delivered by Bergman, and the performances are all exemplary, especially Harriet Andersson, who brings the tortured soul of Karin to life with nuance and a depth and grasp of the character that is remarkable. Von Sydow is also perfect as the troubled Martin, and aptly conveys the quandary of his situation, which he approaches with a reserved, committed gentleness. Bjornstrand maintains a stoic presence throughout as the novelist/father attempting to resolve an inner conflict borne of guilt and doubtful motives, and Passgard gives a notable performance, as well; his angst and confusion are deeply felt and well played. The first of Bergman's 'Faith' trilogy (followed by `Winter Light' and `The Silence'), `Through A Glass, Darkly' is one of his finest works, an intricate exploration of the fragility of the human psyche and the complexities of life. An Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film of 1961, it firmly establishes Bergman as one of Cinema's greatest directors. It is an emotional and engrossing film that should not be missed. I rate this one 10/10.

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