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Through a Glass Darkly (1961)

Såsom i en spegel (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 16 October 1961 (Sweden)
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.

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Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harriet Andersson ... Karin
Gunnar Björnstrand ... David
Max von Sydow ... Martin
Lars Passgård ... Minus
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Storyline

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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Winner Swedish Academy Award 1962 See more »

Genres:

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | Latin

Release Date:

16 October 1961 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Through a Glass Darkly See more »

Filming Locations:

Fårö, Gotlands län, Sweden See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film won Sweden its second consecutive Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The previous winner had also been directed by Ingmar Bergman, The Virgin Spring (1960). See more »

Goofs

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

[last lines]
Fredrik: Papa spoke to me.
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Connections

Followed by The Silence (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Sarabande from Suite No. 2 in D minor for Violoncello
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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So perfect in every way...
13 May 2004 | by BergmaniacSee all my reviews

How do you write a review about a film which is so perfect for you as this one is for me? This is probably the only film that I can't think of having any flaws, even minor ones. And it's so compelling and touching. Really, you should see a movie for so many reasons. Here you can see how a film can have probably one of the best cinematography EVER without using any CGI and computers, just with manipulating the light, and perfect camera work.You can enjoy a compelling story about God and the numerous aspects in relationships between people, which works both on a grand scale and in every specific case between the characters. It's really depressing at times but it always feels so real and convincing. You feel that this story is actually happening before your eyes, at least I did . You will get a flawless acting from all 4 actors in the movie, especially Harriet Andersson. Her part is so extremely difficult but she pulls it off superbly. See it, if you like the old days of moviemaking, when the smart plot, decent acting and innovative camera work and cinematography were still more important than the special effects and the media hype.

10+/10


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