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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…
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:…
«La realidad se ha agrietado y me he caído».
Haunting, almost feels like a spider that slowly haunts you, stalking you from shadows. Watching with his thousand eyes. The film at times almost fell in line with something written by Kafka or maybe even Nietzche, but these philosophical musings on God and existence aren't strange for Bergman. It's something we admire him for and personally I would like to add to my works.
The film is strong and feels personal. Like Bergman is talking to us through the film, as he always does. What is he telling us? The ending is a pretty significant pointer to it.
Spider - "Where is your God now?"
A portrait of what initially seems to be the perfect family turns out to be anything but. As with almost all the Ingmar Bergman films I've seen, I'd recommend stepping into this one without reading or hearing anything about it beforehand. That's what I did with this, and I think it allowed me to form an opinion on the movie based more on what it is and less on what I expected it to be. Because so far, Bergman films have always defied my expectations.
This felt extraordinarily intimate, and the black and white cinematography was reminded me was beautiful. The way that Bergman uses light and shadow is really fascinating. The plot reminded me in some capacity of Charlotte…
Before my head gets bitten off, let me just say that every time I enter a Bergman film, I enter with a strong desire to like it, as I loved Seventh Seal, and have seen other directors (notably Tarkovsky) use his style really effectively. The trouble with this film is that none of the characters felt particularly interesting or engaging, and the visual style was fairly bland (though some of the shadow play was cool), so although I really liked a few of the set pieces, I couldn't get emotionally attached to the narrative, and so started to lose patience with the film.
Fortunately, Bergman's body of work is sufficiently varied and vast that I am fairly confident I'll find other films by him I love as much as Seventh Seal, and the premise for Winter Light sounds compelling enough to make me optimistically intrigued, but for now, the search continues.
In spite of a promising conception and possible religious and philosophical weight, this is third-tier Bergman for me here in Through A Glass Darkly (which is in no way damning).
Perhaps the most troubling issue I have with this film is that all too much of the thematic content dealing with the elusiveness of God, fractured relationships between parents and children, and the purpose of art for the artist here is undercut by some pretty substantial contextual underdevelopment. The fraught sexuality of the relationship between Karin and Minus seems to both arise from and end up nowhere in a way that feels half-baked more than necessarily elliptical or even intentional. The same goes for how Karin's schizophrenia (itself a topic…
Through a Glass Darkly is such an overrated movie that is one of the weakest efforts from Ingmar Bergman. It is admittedly solid, competently made and well acted, but it is never great, never memorable and it is structurally uneven and also honestly very boring and too slow paced.
Through a Glass Darkly is part one of Ingmar Bergman’s famous Silence of God Trilogy. I don’t think it’s possible for me to rant anymore about my love of the film’s of Ingmar Bergman so I’m not going to try. Jumping right in to the film then, the story follows a family and one of their friends over a 24 hour time frame. The father David (played by Gunnar Bjornstrand) is an emotionally dead father and author who seems to be suffering from writer’s block. On top of this it is shown that he doesn’t seem to understand or care about his children. His daughter Karin (played by Harriet Andersson) and his son Minus (played by Lars Passgård) struggle to…
A gripping portrait of mental illness and family ties from a master director, and a film with a narrow focus and a cast of four (father, son, daughter, daughter's husband). Slow in the beginning but suddenly enrapturing, the stakes keep rising as we see the characters "mirror" each other's behaviour, frustrating each others' attempts at normal, intimate family relationships at every turn until we reach the harrowing conclusion. When I review, I prefer to get into specifics, but to me this is the kind of film that's probably better to go into blind, as it's full of surprises and subtle plot points that, while they won't look interesting in a summary - or an academic treatise, which one could easily write about this film - are captivating once you're into them. Watching it was an outstanding experience... I won't spoil it for you.
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