This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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:…
Travel The World Scavenger Hunt 16 (July 2016)
#4: A movie set at the beach (lake, sea, ocean, etc.).
This Ingmar Bergman drama tells the story of a mentally ill girl and her family (more specifically, her father, brother and lover) as they spend a couple of days at a cabin near a lake.
Most of Bergman's trademarks are present - such as religious symbolism - and he doesn't fail in delivering what's expected of him. 'Through a glass darkly' looks and feels extraordinary, packing a heavy emotional punch, although it sometimes (seldom, really) falls flat.
The camera work and lighting are astonishing !!
I remember being supremely challenged by it, both emotionally and thematically. I usually greatly enjoy these small pieces, focused on relationships and their turns and cracks. Bergman is a master you've heard it all before
Through a Glass Darkly is the first chamber piece of Bergman's that I've seen, and I think it achieves its goals, even if the intimacy of it seemed like a step back from the other films of his I've been watching. It works up to a powerful moment, but you can really see the strings in this one. The four roles and the ways they intersect are so charted out that they amount to something less organic than the masterpieces.
The guy certainly knows where to put a camera though. The scene on a boat between von Sydow and Bjornstrand has dialogue that seems obvious and stagey, but I love how the camera starts from below when the men seem…
Rewatched with Lauren for our Bergman series.
I feel like I'm going to watch every Ingmar Bergman movie and then at the end just reach a state of nirvana where I understand all human kind and why we are here. This film is another step towards that and another black and white Swedish film that speaks to me... even if it's speaking in another language. It didn't blow me away as much as Seventh Seal or Persona, but I still left the film thinking deeply and looking inward, which is a great feeling to leave a film with.
I'd recommend this to people as Bergman and Max Von Sydow team up here, with a more grounded and modern tale to tell. The tale still leaves you with…
I'm adding this to my list of movies to watch on a first date
It would have been worthy of 5 if only for the shipwreck sequence, with the standing camera framing the crooked, completely upset space where you can barely see Minus' and Karin's shapes embracing each other in the distance, but overall here Bergman gives the impression of being not really able to go all the way as he usually does.
Reality or Unreality, which should be chosen in order to live? Can there be a balance between them?
Father chose art over the lives of his children. Finally on the brink of suicide he realizes his failure, but still basks in the creative potential of his own daughters mental illness. Seeing God or being insane? Ends with a realization of what love is and the beginning of reconciliation for a father and a son.
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…