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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…
” 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…
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.
This review reportedly contains 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:…
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…
Intimate, heavy-going stuff. I'm saving a big review of this for the next time I watch it, because I went into this with a relaxed viewing experience in mind, without note-taking. The film proved too profound to fit that role, but what was I to expect from a Bergman film, for this is just as complex and powerful as his others. A common feeling I get after a Bergman film is "I want to analyse this". It would help if I was exceptionally good at doing so, but I'll need to practice for that. I need to analyse or at least take a closer look at Wild Strawberries and Persona, and now I do with this.
Bergman takes on a smaller cast here, and it works to great effect. By the end, you can't help but feel incredibly close to these characters. This also allows for gripping performance from Harriet Andersson. You know you're viewing a great performance in a Bergman film when it overshadows Max von Sydow. The other major star here has to be the screenplay itself. Bergman has such a fantastic way with words. I'm always impressed with how much he can say with so little.
I've read that this is the first in a trilogy (Through a Glass Darkly - Winter Light - The Silence), so I'll attempt to watch them in the proper order. If the themes from this…
Damaging and maddening with an all time great central performance.
Viewed on DVD Criterion Collection #209
This was just my third Ingmar Bergman film, the others being Winter Light and The Silence, all part the "Faith" Trilogy.
Madness, incest and religion make for a wonderful trifecta as Harriet Andersson's performance absorbs everyone around her, including the excellent Max Von Sydow.
With every viewing of a Bergman film, it's apparent that he was one of the greatest directors since the invention of film.
"Funny, you always say and do the very right thing... and it's always wrong."
Ingmar Bergman once more showcases his proficiency with knowing film as both an art form and a method through which we can explore the bonds that make us human and the fragility of our mental sanity.
I loved it. It's interesting how the lighthouse sounds functioned as a war siren to Karin's own internal war. For such dark and taboo subjects Bergman manages to humanize and show much warmth in his characters, which really makes what happens all the more heartbreaking.
By now I have realized that writing about Bergman and Nykvist's composition and cinematography is completely pointless because I'll always end up fanboy-ing about how ridiculously incredible it looks. That being said, I think Through a Glass Darkly is a great take on mental illness and more specifically on how those who don't have it are affected by caring for someone who does. The film, part of the faith trilogy, deals with a loss of it, in the father figure and in god, and its comments on art and meaning are also as well explored as Bergman has his viewers used to. There are specific passages that will stay with me for a long time, as are the father's ideas of "drawing a circle" and of "Love as God." The acting is somewhat theatric but pretty solid. Bleak.
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