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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…
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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:…
It's a big room. It's so lovely and we are all waiting. If you just let the light in, your face is warm. And I am important in this room, they've told me that. He'll come when I'm there. The Door will open and the faces will all turn toward him.
No one says, not definitely, but you know, that it will be God.
I have to say that I didn't quite connect with this film. The primary issue I had with it was the portrayal of the central character, Karin; her "illness" was ill-defined and certainly unlike any illness I'm aware of. It seemed to manifest itself both in psychotic episodes of hallucinations and in strange sexual outbursts -- at one point, she seems to have a sort of sexual fit in an upstairs attic, and it is implied (well, at least this is how I interpreted the scene) that she seduces her brother, Minus. Again, odd, and unlike any mental illness I'm aware of.
So here we have another Ingmar Bergman film that treats its female characters in ways that could be…
Immense. Complex. Like any other Bergman movie, excellent and profound.
I am unusual, although not unique, among Ingmar Bergman fans in thinking the late 1950s was a problematic period in his career. Every time I return to Wild Strawberries it seems a richer film and Brink of Life is a fine (and underrated) work, the problem begins with The Seventh Seal, a film that brilliantly presents its Big Themes but has limited ways of advancing them. With The Magician and The Devil’s Eye this problem increases and it feels as though Bergman was sliding into a creative impasse: a sterile cinema of big but static themes. Through the Glass Darkly is a self-conscious new beginning: everything was cut back to essentials, all the clutter thrown out. Four characters, a limited…
Few films get at the level of psychological depth and complication as Bergman's work; add in Sven Nyqvist's typically gorgeous cinematography and you've got a surefire winner. Through a Glass Darkly is no different; a schizophrenic woman goes home to her husband and her seventeen-year-old brother. Papa, too, returns from a trip and we now have a perfect cocktail of male narcissism to foist onto an already troubled woman.
The darkness of this film is matched by exceptional performances from all four leads. Well-paced and fairly devastating, I found this as stimulating as any Bergman I've seen. Add in a gorgeous score from regular collaborator Erik Nordgren and you've got a winner.
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Director Count: #2 of 5
Challenge Count: #14 of 25
If there is a God, is Ingmar Bergman proof of God? Or is Ingmar Bergman God? I will need a year to process this work of art, on both an intellectual and emotional level.
Holy shit, this is my 500th film logged on Letterboxd.
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I knew it was going to be a bumpy ride after she read that diary...
Karin's deeply affecting slip from sanity, and her eventual acceptance of it just killed me. Her brother's turbulent sexual discovery beset by his sister's vulnerability and exhausting demand for stability in his company just killed me. Martin's attempt at emotional balance amidst his ever increasing frustration over Karin's degrading condition just killed me. How all of them seem to only serve as the catalyst for Karin's defeat just killed me.
But holy shit. Her father, David, and his stabbing honesty just KILLED me. As someone with daddy issues, watching the relationship between him and his children unfold was like a blindsiding therapy session. Knowing how…
I think this is the most emotionally devastated a film has ever left me. I can't even think right now, let alone write a review. I'm going to go cry in a dark room for a few hours.
Bergman once again fucking with my brain and making me a nervous wreck for 90 minutes. Thanks for that.
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