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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…
Trapped in a cobweb.
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…
Bergman doing his usual thing, and doing it so bloody well. Incredible acting from Harriet Andersson, particularly in her last couple of scenes, which were very unsettling and fascinating to me.
Trapped in a cobweb.
This is my favorite installment in the EXORCIST franchise!
Seriously though, I often get so caught up talking about Bergman's artistry and influence that I forget just how heavy and devastating the experience of his films can be, especially during this period. In just 89 minutes, this movie runs so many emotions through its cast of only four characters.
THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY is Ingmar Bergman's most haunting and penetrating look at religion, even more so than WINTER LIGHT. In it, he tells the story of four people, isolated on an island and from each other, each forced to look outside the "protective circles" they have formed. The story starts en medias res: Karin (Hariet Anderrson) is suffering from schizophrenia…
Papa spoke to me.
This masterful film connected with me on every level and i would say that this is one of Bergmans best works. I am speechless.
beautiful and disturbing
Not quite sure what to make of this after just one viewing. I think I understand what Bergman is trying to say, but I didn't connect emotionally with much of it, which is surprising because his films usually leave me in tears.
Perhaps it's the writing, specifically the dialogue he puts in the mouths of his four characters, all of whom come across as achingly human. The words don't do them justice. Esoteric philosophical musings work best in the context of a classroom, or within the pages of a dissertation, but often come across as stilted and awkward in cinema.
I'm disappointed by my own reaction to "Through a Glass Darkly". I expected to love it like I do "Wild…
Through a Glass Darkly is Bergman at his most Bergmaniest. Pain, mental illness, feeble attempts at putting on a good face, the silence of God, Max von Sydow at the center of an existential crisis -the usual elements are all here.
What's so powerful about Bergman's drama is that while some of the situations he portrays are beyond the scope of every day life (i.e. schizophrenia and incest are things most of us won't deal with. At least not in the same afternoon) they're really only a step removed. We ourselves in these characters. Bergman's honesty shows their flaws but also the very real reasons for those flaws in a way that's comforting and convicting all at once. To watch…
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