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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
 
Art Department
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 »
Quotes:
David:We draw a magic circle and shut out everything that doesn't agree with our secret games. Each time life breaks the circle, the games turn grey and ridiculous. Then we draw a new circle and build a new defense.
Karin:Poor little daddy.
David:Yes, poor little daddy, forced to live in reality.
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Featured in Bergman Island (2004) (TV)See more »

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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A Haunting, Somber Movie That Stays With You Long Afterwards, 21 March 2005
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

Bergman's haunting, somber feature "Through a Glass Darkly" is the kind of distinctive, sometimes uncomfortable, and carefully-crafted movie that can stick in the minds of its viewers long afterwards. Its combination of images, scenery, characters, and themes provides plenty of things to think about, more than could be assimilated in any one viewing. Bergman is one of the very few film-makers who had the knack for making this kind of feature coherent and memorable at the same time.

The story could hardly be more efficient. The very small cast and the tight scenario place a premium on the writing, acting, and photography. The characters have a good balance of similarities and differences that makes for a wide range of possibilities, and the story makes good use of them. The seaside setting is used nicely, with the beautiful scenery and thematic images both complementing the story. The old shipwreck is skillfully worked into a psychologically harrowing sequence.

The setting is combined with the family relationships, biblical allusions, philosophical questions, and much more, to raise a wide range of interesting and thoughtful questions. Although "Through a Glass Darkly" does not feature the extensive use of unusual imagery found in Bergman features like "The Seventh Seal" or "Persona", or the dream sequence from "Wild Strawberries", in its own way it is also effective.

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