Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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.
” 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…
"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…
"It's so horrible to see your own confusion and understand it."
The first part of a triptych known to most as Bergman's 'Faith Trilogy'; Through a Glass Darkly is a melancholic and moody chamber piece that reflects the struggles of four family members on an island over the period of 24 hours.
The title is taken from a biblical passage (1 Corinthians 13) and in Swedish translates 'As in a mirror', and while the title is an interesting subject in itself, possibly pertaining to many of the films themes; the search for god, the schizophrenia that darkens Karin's (Harriet Andersson) existence or the distorted perception of ourselves when we look in the mirror. Essentially we are dropped in amongst the…
En algunos momentos se torna difícil de ver pero no es un impedimento para poder apreciar otra gran obra de arte. Una historia muy fuerte con una actuación fuera de serie de Harriet Andersson.
One of Bergman's many films that explore the nature of religion and greater powers through a down-to-earth family tale. This one centers around a young woman slipping into a heavenly realm and tearing apart at her family while she does, while also causing them to look at their own faith and judgmental tendencies. At times creepy, but mostly pretty mellow, I like it, didn't love it. It's unique in its themes, but not a huge standout film.
At times it's hard to watch, but when watched as part of the trilogy it carries a deeper message.
Bergman at the peak of his career. Beautiful B&W cinematography by Sven Nykvist. Amazing performances by the four-person cast, especially Harriet Andersson as Karin. Relatively short and fast-paced film when compared to other Bergman movies. It's up there with Wild Strawberries and The Virgin Spring, my two other favorite middle-period Bergman films.
"You're hunting for themes," cries Sydow to David, the Bergman-carved father figure who's in a search for meaning, for life, a way to propel his art. David learning of god and love during his failed attempt at suicide; his daughter begging not to live in two-worlds, insanity and sexuality both crutches of faith - she finds that god is a nasty stoned-faced spider, and that she cannot control her delusions of conviction; the boy finding faith in his father's decision to speak pedantically to him. It's suffused with eloquent proclamations, viz. "It's so horrible to see your own confusion and understand it," and it reckons with biblical push-and-pull, like many of Bergman's works, with eager theatricality - a movie bore…
I've seen three of Ingmar Bergman , this was my favourite so far!
Ah Max von Sydow is brilliant in this film , his short appearance on 'Wild Strawberries' was too short but pretty good
I was surprised to see this end on a hopeful note. I expect to be thrown into some depression with the next two films in the trilogy.
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