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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:…
After a string of Bergman disappointments, this film finally struck me in, I think, exactly the way it was meant to. The layers of disappointment from family to career to existence to God; the disasters of death, mental illness, incest; and the thin hopes for some deeper meaning - these have been blended in many of Bergman's darker works (and even some semi-light ones like The Magician), but here the proportions were just right. Maybe the genius of Bergman's new cinematographer, Nykvist, is part of the reason?
Like most Bergman films, this fucking destroyed me.
side-note: fuck spider-gods.
Good for most of the expected reasons and additionally because it plays as Bergman's self-interrogation in some respects (the artist exploiting the troubles of loved ones for his art combined with Bergman's dedication to his wife is telling), but also a bit lacking in a few notable ways.
First, the refusal to take us inside Karin's mind and justify her schizophrenia suggests we find a thematic, external cause for her illness, and there is little to work with in this regard. Second, to the extent that Bergman is regurgitating philosophies of those who came before him*, he imbibes them with a touch uniquely his own with his decision to focalize crises of the spirit through individuals and, particularly, in his…
"Yes. Poor little daddy, forced to live in reality."
This is your run-of-the-mill, light-hearted Bergman flick that deals with themes of mental illness, emotional distance, god, belief, religion, suicide, purpose, love, death and incest.
Bergman's use of light, space and framing is always staggeringly effective; he made the most of minimal, simple settings and always produced movies that were visually beautiful. Through a Glass Darkly is no exception.
David is a commercially successful author, though he craves critical success and dedicates his life to achieving acceptance from his peers. His wife died some time ago and now his daughter, Karin, has been afflicted with some kind of mental illness which is, apparently, incurable.
We're shown Karin's descent into madness and the emotional disassociation she has from not only her…
Interesting to see Bergman grapple with religion and art. Harriet Andersson is aces. Typical Bergman art direction and framing.
Not Bergman's strongest, but you can definitely see him grappling with and transitioning between some of the thematic elements from his earlier and later work. Strong nonetheless.
Really liked this one.
It's a huge step forward in Bergman's career, in that he progresses past archetypal morality tales and "journey" films into his so-called chamber dramas. There's no grand, overarching voyage undertaken by the characters of the film - no search for meaning, no catalytic events. It's just four people on an island, one of them insane, spent over one 24-hour period as they act as foils for each other and reveal their own beliefs and thoughts about God. And it's totally hypnotic.
Sven Nykvist became Bergman's cinematographer for good on The Virgin Spring, but it's here where his amazing talent is truly fleshed out and made apparent. The clash between the dark, shadowy interiors and the cold,…
I have no insightful, unique perspective on a, rightly, beloved Bergman film.
An incredibly strong, inspired performance by Harriet Andersson.
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!