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Through a Glass Darkly
While vacationing on a remote island retreat, a family’s already fragile ties are tested when daughter Karin discovers her father has been using her schizophrenia for his own literary means. As she drifts in and out of lucidity, the father, along with Karin’s husband and her younger brother, are unable to prevent Karin’s harrowing descent into the abyss of mental illness.
Bergman relaxes a bit with this one and sticks to more easygoing topics like suicide, incest, mental illness, and hatred. Pretty breezy stuff.
After watching this, I was curious what the title referred to. Looking it up brought me to the Wikipedia article on the Bible verse in which it is contained, and I was genuinely moved by the beauty of the verse, so I thought I would share it here (editing out the chapter numbers and such):
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
After I watched the movie I felt pretty displeased with it. I went on to write a fairly lengthy 3-star "review" (4 to 6 paragraphs; for me that's a lot) pouring my soul out and giving arguments as to why I felt that way. But the more I would write the more I would come up with stronger counter-arguments in favor of the movie. After a few frustrating hours and a lot of thinking I've come to the conclusion that I was so affected by the film's bleak and hopeless tone that I inadvertently faulted it for being so dark.
The movie takes place during the course of 24 hours on an island where a family spends a vacation together:…
” I don't know if love is the proof of God's existence or if it's God itself.”
First part of Ingmar Bergman’s Faith trilogy is a film that leaves its viewers confused, scared and shattered, Through A Glass Darkly is a shuddering study of love, faith and human relationships which like most of Bergman’s films is seeking the answer to some of the most challenging questions that has ever crossed the mankind’s mind, for Bergman the answer to those questions is the key to an easier and less tormenting life, like the Swedish director himself, the characters of his films are struggling with those questions but most of the times there is no clear answer and sooner or later his…
The guilt of a distant and egocentric father, mental illness, God, the love between a brother and sister (which I didn't find incestuous at all) art, life and who you may hurt when life becomes art.
If this isn't your first Bergman film the cast is more than familiar and do a great job, as always. Lars Passgård, who plays the young brother Minus (what kind of name is that? I hope it's just a nickname) is a new face though, and I'm of the opinion he stayed unknown for a reason. The care and desperation came through though, and Harriet Andersson's performance is more than great. Giving her character just right amount of insanity, confusion and sadness. For every…
"One draws a magical circle around oneself to keep everything out that doesn't fit one's secret games. Each time life breaks through the circle, the games become puny and ridiculous. So one draws a new circle and builds new defenses."
Ingmar Bergman doesn't need a plot or narrative, he takes the natural simplicity of existence and toys with reality and consciousness in order to experiment with life's complexities. Through a Glass Darkly is a visual conception with a philosophical way of thinking. Passionately examining moral and spiritual nature and the effects uncertainty has on the mind.
Karin (Harriet Andersson), who is suffering from a terminal illness and was recently released from an asylum, retreats to a remote island with her…
I have seen God now...
Now I just need to finish Bergman's 'Silence of God Trilogy' (probably the most idiosyncratic title he could've chosen with Winter Light and I can wallow in despair for the rest of my life.
Bergman tends to have great female leads, and Harriet Andersson is even better here than she was in Summer With Monika, but the male characters are well-written and acted too - particularly Max von Sydow. The only weak-link for me is Lars Passgard, who was really wooden.
I still think I prefer The Silence - a movie I found myself having to pause frequently just to take in how well-framed a shot was - but it's still a deeply affecting film with a convincing portrayal of mental illness and its effect on others.
hatred + suicide + incest + mental illness = quintessential Bergman
Bergman's first chamber piece explores four troubled characters who serve as 'mirrors' to one another and reveal their thoughts, their emotions and their demons to us over the course of a day.
A writer, David, suffering through a 'block' and haunted by his failings as a father. A doctor, Martin, trying to help his sick wife and overcoming his frustration of being denied sexually by said wife. Minus, a teenager entering a new phase of life, confused by his own feelings. And Karin, the daughter/wife/sister who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and is battling with her visions.
These four people not just form the characters but also the canvas for Bergman's movie. He probes into their psyche and lays it…
Incredible. What a movie. Sums up so many of my recent thoughts on life ("Like children cast out into the wilderness at night"). I grasped the hopeless undertones and was wondering if Bergman could conclude the film on a different note. Of course he ends it with the necessity of love and its importance for our own sanity.
Great way to end it. "Papa talked to me" and the sentiment that love may be God.
My first Bergman film. A sublime and entirely human masterpiece of the highest caliber. faith, sexuality, isolation and love all entwined into what may be the most tightly made drama I have ever seen. A true masterpiece.
I would love to see this as a companion piece for Polanski's Repulsion..... and Villeneuve's Enemy.
"It's so horrible to see your own confusion and understand it."
#8 in Man vs. Bergman
Sometimes Bergman makes a film that I have no connection with or feeling for, and it's quite good. Other times he'll make something so purposeful and with such depth, and it hits me in a way that makes me take pause. And I'll sit there, thinking of nothing, almost as if stunned by what has just been presented to me.
I looked through a few Bergman films to try and gauge which would be worth watching. Through a Glass Darkly immediately caught my attention for its darker themes and intriguing premise. But there were other films of his that were better received and much more popular, so I put off watching this one. And these…
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…