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.
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.
” 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…
Four troubled people on a black and white island.
Through a Glass Darkly, like so many of Bergman's films, deals with religion and the human mind in an utmost profound way. It's a sort of chamber play, starring the usual Bergman actors Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand and Harriet Andersson. In addition it stars Lars Passgård as the little brother.
The acting is absolutely superb, Andersson playing a young woman with a rather severe case of schizophrenia. Björnstrand plays her father and von Sydow her husband, and the dynamic between the characters was very interesting to behold, and delivered convincingly.
I don't need to say that it's also masterfully done on a technical level, every single Bergman film I've seen so far have been extremely good. I can't wait to continue the journey through this filmmakers' mind. Through a Glass Darkly is not his best, but still highly recommended.
I've only seen a few Bergman films so far, but this was the first that really got it's hooks in me. Heavy stuff.
I was a bit hesitant going into the film, but was pleasant surprised by the end result. It is a Bergman film though, and as such it is incredibly dense. Each scene feels like it has layers of meaning and each conversation feels pivotal. Bergman's story of faith and family is a strong one, and its best aspect is the performance from Harriet Andersson. She did over 15 films with Ingmar, and for good reason: she has a huge emotional spectrum in her acting, and depth in her voice and face that help bring some life to what could have been a too-thick Bergman film.
More Bergman! After an accessible Wild Strawberries, a hard-to-crack Persona and epic Seventh Seal, I went in search of his lesser known works. 'Through a Glass Darkly' tackles some heavy themes, such as schizophrenia and the search for God, with an honesty and despair that lacks in Seventh Seal, thus a more straight-forward approach.
Inspiring. Spectacular. Mesmerizing.
Bergman is a master.
Ingmar Bergman was a master director. I don't think you're going to find to many people to dispute that statement. Through a Glass Darkly is an amazing film and, yet, it is far from his best work, which is astounding in and of itself.
Bergman tackles a wide range of depressing and deep-thinking issues in his films, and this one is no different, dealing with themes as varied as a father-son relationship, mental illness, and the perception of God (or more accurately, the divine) through the filter of our mortal lens. It's a very thought provoking film.
Of course these thoughts would be moot if the film weren't a good one. The performances are strong, though not the best work…
Harriet Andersson, sublime como siempre.
I am slowly realizing, through more of Bergman's films, that Sven Nykvist might be one of the three or four best cinematographers in the history of the medium. This is not an embellishment.
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