This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
Probably my least favorite Bergman film that I've seen so far, but don't think of that as a negative. Through a Glass Darkly is a deeply powerful film, tumbling and shivering with indelible characters interwoven with heartrendingly existential themes. With a small but potent cast and Bergman's typically masterful direction (that ties right into the look of his "faith" trilogy), this small but heavy work of bravery and emotional purity is not to be missed.
” 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…
This review may contain 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:…
Reality or Unreality, which should be chosen in order to live? Can there be a balance between them?
Father chose art over the lives of his children. Finally on the brink of suicide he realizes his failure, but still basks in the creative potential of his own daughters mental illness. Seeing God or being insane? Ends with a realization of what love is and the beginning of reconciliation for a father and a son.
Reality is burdensome. Most of the time, it is much easier to escape it or create a reality within true reality, if such a thing even exists. Even when someone believes they may have a hold on the REAL world, they may still lack the understanding of other existing realities of those who reside within them, and the people themselves. Other people's realities may even be more appealing than the one you or I possess, so should we abandon ours and seek others? Bergman tells us in "Through a Glass Darkly" to hold on to our reality, and not to let it beat us down, but find a way to exist happily, or at least comfortably, within it. If we…
If you watch this at the right time and the right place - i.e. me being 18 years old and just getting really deep into classic foreign/world cinema and being a hardcore poet (yep, the laddy reckoned himself a poet) - it'll hit you square in the solar plexus. A film like this reminds me why, for my money, Bergman was the single greatest dramatist in the history of cinema. Yes, a platitude, but for me it's true.
I can see why Bergman ended up getting a house on the island of Fårö.
Harriet Anderson is as good an actress as she is a fine face to get lost in. A sweet return to this guy's films...
Thought-provoking and emotionally powerful.
One of Bergman's best.
Watching this really put me on a downward spiral. I'm gonna go walk around outside and hope it starts raining on me.
If the mark of a good film is making you think, then this is one of the best. It is one of few films I have immediately gone back and watched again to absorb and grasp the meaning. It may take several more viewings to delve into each character's struggles: their perception of life, of God, of state of mind, of relationships.
Bergman is the only director that keeps me pondering on all his films for days and days after viewing.
On top of all that, the cinematography is breathtaking.
I think my second favorite Bergman of the 5 I've seen thus far (behind Persona). Really benefits from its haunting, monotonous tone and bleak realism. Often Bergman's hyperemotional screaming matches and fantastical elements seem overdone to me, so this felt properly measured as a quieter exploration of religion and artistic license.
A lot to chew on with the scenery as well. The shipwreck scene is stunning and serves as a nice parallel to Karin's state of mind. The shoreline is rocky and tumultuous, bolstering the idea of the setting as untamed mental terrain, which does well for the thematic elements and builds an evocative tension.
Through a Glass Darkly is after a bunch: Why do we need proof of God? Why are we always looking? Why do we care? Some additional thoughts, no doubt, on lust, spiritual possession and depression. Plus, an apparent autobiographical insert about exploiting the struggles of those you love for your own artistic outlet.
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
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